We will not accept a ‘second best’ PCEHR
In fact, we have just circulated a draft guide for doctors on how to use the personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR). And we have for years worked closely with the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA), especially more recently with my friend and former AMA president, Dr Mukesh Haikerwal, who is running the NEHTA Clinical Leaders operation.
The road to the PCEHR has its origins back in 2005 when NEHTA was established. Tony Abbott was health minister at the time. The AMA has worked with NEHTA, the health department, and the offices of health ministers Abbott, Roxon and Plibersek over that period.