GPs face 'extreme obligations' with e-health

GPs would be forced to open up their practices and hand over records to health department investigators under draft powers to police the national electronic health records system.

The conditions, circulated for comment this month, would be mandatory for any practice wanting to take part in the personally controlled electronic health records (PCEHR) scheme due to commence on July 1.

The success of the system is dependent on GPs agreeing to create and manage patient health summaries on the records.

But the AMA has warned that the conditions