E-records legislation to be investigated

The legislation, which includes provision for the merging of MBS and PBS information for the first time, was tabled in the lower house by Health Minister Nicola Roxon last week before being referred to the committee in the Senate on Friday.

The committee has been asked to investigate privacy and security issues around the PCEHR and its design and functionality, as well as the performance of the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA).

Specifically, the committee will inquire into the use of consultants, contractors and tenders let or hired by NEHTA in regard to the development of the PCEHR, and the products NEHTA designed, made, tested or certified for use in the system.

Ms Roxon told parliament on Wednesday the legislation was developed through two rounds of public consultation and a draft version of the bill.

“The central theme of our system and this bill is that any Australian will be able to register for an e