Concerns over clinical use of e-health records

In August, five of the top National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) clinical leads, including the project’s most vocal proponent, Dr Mukesh Haikerwal, resigned amid reports of souring relations between the advisers and the Department of Health and Ageing because of claims the department was taking an increasingly central role in the rollout.

Today, United General Practice Australia (UGPA) – the umbrella group comprising the AMA, the RACGP, the RDAA and others – said the government, which is now the PCEHR operator, must make an “urgent priority” of addressing “significant clinical utility issues” associated with it.

“Significant issues have been identified and currently there is no alignment between consumer registration and meaningful use through engagement of the clinical community and assurance of improvement of patient health outcomes,” UGPA said in a statement.

Since the clinical leads