By Kylene Reynolds
On reading various articles relating to the Electronic Health Record, this was of particular interest due to the failure of doctor’s engagement.
Early November, it was announced by the Federal Health Minister, the Hon Peter Dutton, that a review will occur for Australia’s struggling Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records (PCEHR) program.
A year after the introduction of the electronic health records system, only a fraction of Australians have established a record and for those who have, only a few hundred doctors have added a Shared Health Summary. Hon Dutton advised, “this defeats the purpose of having a national, electronic system that is meant to help save lives”. The government fully supports the concept of electronic health records but it must be fit for purpose and cost effective.
A specialist panel will conduct the review into the personally controlled electronic health record system dealing with various issues. The Panel will make findings and recommendations to the Minister.
If all clinicians are fully educated and well supported, they will be able to deliver a real solution that utilizes technology to deliver better, and more informed healthcare. It seems simple enough, take a doctor or other health professional, and add a computer and the result is ehealth. So basically that means that almost every healthcare interaction from primary care through secondary care, acute care in a hospital, public health interaction, all the way through to healthcare funding at the highest level, is to some degree affected by ehealth.
With electronic health records (EHRs), information is available whenever and wherever it is needed by both the health care professionals and patients. EHRs provide accurate, up-to-date and complete information about patients at the point of care; enable quick access to patient records for more coordinated, efficient care and ability to securely shared electronic information with patients and other clinicians. This most certainly has to be of benefit to all involved – with the ultimate outcome of saving lives.