PCEHR survey bungled: critics

MO readers criticised the survey's wording and functionality, with e-health blogger Dr David More complaining that his attempts to complete it were stymied by basic bugs. 

Questions that should have allowed multiple answers to be ticked only allowed one answer, and for a period of time yesterday one question asked respondents which they liked best out of "Option Apple", "Option Banana" and "Option Cherry" – a default placeholder question used by the web survey provider SurveyMonkey. 

"It has clearly been rushed... It's not been properly thought through and the survey clearly wasn't tested fully before it was made available," Dr More complained.

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