RACGP names expert committee for eHealth and practice systems

Melbourne GP and former NEHTA clinical lead Nathan Pinskier will again chair the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners' (RACGP) committee for eHealth policy, which has recently been renamed the RACGP Expert Committee – eHealth and Practice Systems (REC-eHPS).

The committee is planning to hold the RACGP's first eHealth Forum at the end of this month in Melbourne to explore eHealth developments, information management and issues that affect the future operation of Australian general practice.

Dr Pinskier is joined on the committee by several other former NEHTA clinical leads and GPs with a deep interest in primary care health IT, including Trina Gregory, Rob Hosking and Chris Mitchell.

Also on the committee is John Ainge, a practising GP who founded several health IT companies including Hatrix, which developed the system now known as MedChart and is owned by CSC. Dr Ainge was until recently medical director of CSC and is also on the editorial advisory board of MIMS.

The committee also includes Avant senior medical officer Penny Browne, prominent Adelaide GP and Australasian College of Health Informatics fellow Oliver Frank, Victorian GP Steven Kaye and associate professor with the Australian Institute of Health Innovation at Macquarie University, Meredith Makeham.

Representing consumers on the committee is Melissa Cadzow, who has run her own IT consulting firm for 25 years and has broad interests in eHealth and patient-centred care advocacy.

Former Australian Association of Practice Management state director and lifetime member, Jan Chaffey, is also on the committee. In addition to her role as CEO of Camp Hill Healthcare in Brisbane, Ms Chaffey is a director of Stat Health and along with Marina Fulcher took a leading role with NEHTA to assist practice managers with the roll-out of the PCEHR.

The college says the role of the committee is to:

  • provide informed advice on eHealth developments, information management, eHealth standards and other areas of development that affect the future operation of Australian general practice
  • develop RACGP position statements on external eHealth initiatives
  • advise on development and maintenance of business tools and resources to support GPs and general practice
  • advise the RACGP council on and oversee development of RACGP electronic guidelines to support general practice’s use of eHealth
  • advise council on the development and promotion of eHealth standards in general practice.

Posted in Australian eHealth


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