Secure messaging switch could save practices $30,000 to offset PCEHR

Dr Mukesh Haikerwal, national clinical lead for the National E-Health Transition Authority, which is implementing the PCEHR, acknowledged the change could bring some extra costs but said a four-doctor practice could save an average $30,000 a year by switching to secure messaging.

Dr Haikerwal said the savings would come from cutting stationery costs and the time taken to write and rewrite letters, but a key barrier remained practices’ resistance to taking communications online because it would alter their business practices.

“Uptake is still poor

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