How to save the PCEHR

Doctor's bag

The PCEHR belongs to Australians, not the government. It is our tax money, our data, our health, our work. NEHTA and the Department of Health have not been able to manage the project successfully over the past years and the governance of the PCEHR should be handed over to an independent council as soon as possible.

The resignation of NEHTA’s top National Clinical Leads in August 2013 was the final straw. I have said it before and I will say it again: if clinicians are not on board the PCEHR will fail. There are some big decisions to make by the relevant authorities if they want to save the project, and making these decisions without clinical advice is impossible.

The PCEHR Act 2012 states that the data in the PCEHR can be used for law enforcement purposes, indemnity insurance purposes for health care providers, research, public health purposes and ‘other…

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