Doctors accused of secretive e-health control

The accusation, from the Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF), followed the release of the AMA’s submission to the review of the billion dollar program being carried out at the request of Health Minister Peter Dutton.

AMA president Dr Steve Hambleton is involved in the review, which is due to report to Mr Dutton in mid-December.

In its submission to the review, the AMA criticised the level of patient control over information in the record arguing that “patient control of health information presents practical clinical limitations for the treatment of the patient, even for the most skilled medical practitioner”.

“Patients can restrict medical practitioners’ access to information that has been uploaded to the PCEHR by other medical practitioners, and remove documents uploaded by medical practitioners. Consequently, the PCEHR doesn’t assist or enhance the medical practitioner’s role,” the submission