Online survey to review e-health launched

The review ordered late last year by Health Minister Peter Dutton came up with 38 recommendations to tackle shortcomings and make electronic records more effective for doctors and patients. 

The survey, which targets healthcare providers, patients and software vendors, focuses largely on the recommendation that the PCEHR should transition to an opt-out model from 1 January next year, meaning Australians would be required to notify government if they did not want a record. 

GPs who don't actively use the PCEHR are asked why they don't, with answer options ranging from lack of usefulness, time outlay, lack of knowledge, consumer concerns and questions about the reliability of PCEHR information and potential liability arising from GPs' reliance on it. 

Healthcare providers are also asked what training is needed for them to effectively utilise the PCEHR system