Where is the personal control in the PCEHR?

This has been a frustratingly long time coming for general practice. GPs successfully implemented clinical computer use over a decade ago and have been waiting for much of the rest of the nation’s health systems to catch up so we can realise the benefits for our patients of safe, secure sharing of health information.  

In 2001–2004, I chaired the Australian government’s MediConnect project that investigated the implementation of electronic transmission of prescriptions from general practice to pharmacy. An important element of MediConnect is that it was underpinned by a sound evaluation process.

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