Personally controlled e-health records up and ready for testing

UPDATING a personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR) will be a “single button” process integrated with existing clinical software and “won’t be onerous”, National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) clinical lead Dr Rob Hosking has assured GPs.

Dr Hosking last week gave MO a tour of an operational early build of the technology that, from July 2012, will enable patients to have a secure online medical file.

The process is initiated by the patient, who must activate their own record online before seeking the cooperation of a ‘nominated provider’ – typically their GP – to help populate it with their relevant medical information.

Using a simple automatic upload button – to be added to existing practice software by vendors – the patient’s nominated provider will then populate four key information fields in the PCEHR directly from the patient’s practice record. The