PCEHR terms and conditions under review

The Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) is working on another revision of the draft agreement for healthcare provider organisations to participate in the PCEHR.

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) president Claire Jackson wrote in her weekly newsletter to members today that following a meeting with DoHA on Tuesday, DoHA agreed to do another revision and has scheduled another meeting for next week.

Also in attendance will be representatives of the Australian Medical Association and medical defence organisations (MDOs).

Professor Jackson wrote that the RACGP raised many concerns in the Tuesday meeting, echoed by the AMA and the MDOs, including the relevance of intellectual property in providing care and protective liability for general practices.

“The RACGP strongly expressed that the contractual agreements to engage with PCEHR need to be explicit in detailing the legal obligations of all parties,” she wrote.

“In light of the issues raised, DoHA agreed to review the document again, scheduling a further meeting next week with the college, AMA and MDO representatives to review the next draft.

“The RACGP will continue to consult closely with DoHA and MDOs to reach an agreement whereby the college is confident the participation agreement will protect the interests of GPs.”

Posted in Australian eHealth

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