Frustration as e-health questions go unanswered

The department’s silence on the 38 questions has hamstrung medical software providers who were counting on the responses for the preparation of submissions for a Senate inquiry into the legislation that will enable the scheme.

With the window for submissions to the inquiry due to close this Thursday, sources within the medical software industry have told MO the department’s lack of response has caused considerable angst among providers.

Following the most recent Senate estimates hearings in October, Coalition senators Sue Boyce and Concetta Fierravanti-Wells submitted a range of questions on the PCEHR scheme and the operation of the body tasked with developing the scheme, the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA).

The senators asked how many of the 60 key technical standards had been fully completed, how the department intended convincing GPs to participate without financial incentives and where in the world similar