Over 800 people registered for a PCEHR in its first week of operation, either by telephone, online or in person at a Medicare shopfront, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Ageing said.
Online registration is now possible through the ehealth.gov.au website, with the system functioning well over the weekend despite some glitches earlier in the week.
Pulse+IT reported last week that the call centre for registration was constantly busy, but that had resolved itself later in the week and calls are being answered promptly now.
DoHA had been circumspect about when online registration would be fully functional, but people who have an australia.gov.au account and who have linked that to the Medicare Online service should be able to have their identities verified quickly through an easy to navigate single sign-on system.
The consumer portal for the PCEHR, powered by Orion Health's Concerto platform, currently only includes information such as name and date of birth, and only allows users to add notes to their personal health diary – which is not seen by health practitioners – and to add emergency contact and next of kin details.
It is understood that the provider portal, also being built by Orion Health, will be available for practitioner use as PCEHR-compatible software is rolled out to GPs, which is expected to begin next month or in September.