PCEHR terms and conditions agreement close: RACGP

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) is close to approving the federal government's proposed terms and conditions for healthcare practitioner participation in the PCEHR.

The terms and conditions have been repeatedly revised by the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) due to fears from medical groups that doctors taking part in the PCEHR would be liable for breaches of security. The RACGP and the Australian Medical Association (AMA) have also raised the question of intellectual property rights over patient medical records created by doctors.

RACGP president Claire Jackson said the college would review the latest iteration of the terms and conditions, which has been thrashed out by DoHA and the doctors' groups over the last fortnight.

In a statement, Professor Jackson said the college would “review the final iteration over the coming days and anticipates key concerns voiced throughout the development of the document, including the relevance of intellectual property in providing care and protective liability for general practices, will be addressed”.

She said that despite the college remaining sceptical of the agreement throughout key stages of its development, DoHA had responded to the college’s concerns.

“The college has worked constructively with the Department of Health and Ageing and is pleased that a collaborative working relationship continued throughout the process, including a collective will of all involved to work towards a resolution,” Professor Jackson said.

She said that pending final review and approval of the agreement, the RACGP would contribute to the development of explanatory documentation to support healthcare provider organisations in fully understanding the roles and responsibilities that the agreement will imply.

“It’s important that GPs and other healthcare providers participating in the PCEHR system are not only familiar with the mandatory legal requirements, but are equipped with simple explanatory materials providing the context of how the requirements will be enacted,” she said.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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