GP advocates funded to spread the PCEHR word

The federal government will fund 30 “GP clinical peer advocates” to encourage uptake of the PCEHR among the general practice community as part of a $2.25 million grant announced today.

Health Minister Tanya Plibersek told the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners' annual conference on the Gold Coast that the college would undertake three programs to help prepare general practice for eHealth readiness and PCEHR compliance.

One is the PCEHR Clinical Peer Advocacy Program, in which the RACGP will be funded to train 30 GP advocates to provide clinical peer advocacy and education to promote GP participation in and effective use of the PCEHR.

The RACGP will engage the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) in the design of the project, which will be delivered via seminars to GPs in up to 200 locations, and ACRRM will support the RACGP with delivery in remote and rural Australia.

The second program is to develop a second edition of the RACGP's Computer and Information Security Standards workbook. New tools and templates will be developed to assist GPs implement processes to help them in achieving best practice in computer and information security.

The college will also develop an eHealth syllabus and education modules for use by the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program, and for GPs undertaking continuing professional development.

Online learning modules will be available via RACG gplearning, with content also available via ACRRM's Rural and Remote Medical Education Online (RRMEO) platform.

In a statement, new RACGP president Liz Marles said GPs were ideally placed to ensure the success of the PCEHR and other eHealth initiatives.

“The RACGP has remained a firm supporter of the benefits to be found in an eHealth environment that has the support of the general practice profession,” Dr Marles said.

“The new resources and support activities the college is now enabled to develop will equip GPs and their practice teams with the skills, knowledge and confidence required to effectively embrace eHealth."

Posted in Australian eHealth

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