Faith lost over e-health record, few GPs see value

The apparent lack of faith in the government’s e-health records system was revealed in a survey of 150 GPs, conducted by Cegedim on behalf of MO, which also found 76% of GPs still held concerns over the lack of remuneration on offer to compensate for  time spent by doctors curating the electronic records.

The results came as the health department confirmed it is “in consultation” with the IT industry and general practice organisations about the next phase of the Practice Incentives Program (PIP)to support e-health.

But AMA president Dr Steve Hambleton said more PIP payments to help practices install the PCEHR infrastructure  wouldn’t change the fact that “someone has to do the work of creating and maintaining the record and that will be the GP”.

He said the poor understanding of what GPs would have to do as reflected in the survey results was “dreadful” and the government should remember