E-health records could expose GPs to legal risk

The criticism of the beleaguered PCEHR scheme was included in the college’s submission to the review of the billion-dollar program.

It called for the suspension of the current development program and argued the process had “moved away” from stipulations that clinical information within the records be clinically curated.

It said the development program should move towards a “focus on targeting those consumers who will benefit most from a PCEHR, rather than the current focus on sheer numbers of consumer registrations”.

Clinical risks were likely to arise from the inclusion of “multiple feeds of clinical information without a trusted clinical gateway to ensure quality data and meaningful use", it warned. This could undermine patient safety and lead to medico-legal risk.

It cited examples such as the inclusion of scanned advance care directive documents, and the ability of consumers to enter data into