AMA calls for step-by-step toolkit for PCEHR
The Australian Medical Association has called on the federal government to design a standardised, step-by-step toolkit to assist medical practices to participate in the PCEHR.
In the AMA's pre-budget submission, president Steve Hambleton said that while the organisation supported the PCEHR, the legal framework behind it had imposed additional red tape on practices.
“The government can alleviate this by assisting practices to navigate the complex pathways and requirements necessary for them to participate,” Dr Hambleton said.
The submission states that medical practitioners want to use the PCEHR to enhance clinical care. “However, the PCEHR legislation and its participation requirements are complex and introduce new and significant obligations on medical practices,” it states.
“There are substantial penalties for non-compliance with the complex legal requirements. Medical practices will have to devote substantial administrative and information technology resources to meet these new requirements.”
It suggests that the government provide a single set of standardised template policies and protocols detailing what is required to participate in the PCEHR, which medical practices can adjust to suit their own practice arrangements so they don't have to prepare the documents from scratch.
The National eHealth Transition Authority (NEHTA) has released a number of resources for general practices wishing to participate in the eHealth Practice Incentives Program (ePIP) and how to register to use the PCEHR, although these are provided as individual documents.
The RACGP has also released some guidelines to the ePIP, along with suggested policy templates that can be used to fulfil several of the ePIP requirements, while Medicare Locals are also running information sessions and visiting practices to help them through the paperwork.
Clinical software vendors such as Genie Solutions and HCN have also released information on how to register for the PCEHR and access it through their systems, while Zedmed is running regular seminars for practices showing them how to set up the PCEHR.
The AMA also called for government funding for an entity “that understands the clinical and administrative operations of medical practices to prepare these template documents”.
It also called for the establishment of a clinical advisory group representing the views of practising clinicians to oversee and advise the government on the practical implementation of the PCEHR and its use in clinical practice.
“The clinical advisory group should also work with the System Operator on the technical adjustments that need to be made to the system, based on experience with its use in clinical practice.”
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