Deloitte and DoH to begin PCEHR review consultation

Consulting firm Deloitte will shortly begin organising face-to-face meetings with healthcare sector peak bodies to help the Department of Health gauge reaction to the Royle review of the PCEHR and consider any issues relating to the implementation of its recommendations.

A survey will also shortly be available online at ehealth.gov.au for comments from interested parties. The consultation exercise will be held throughout August, with the survey available until September 1.

As Pulse+IT reported on Tuesday, the release of Deloitte's “refresh” of the 2008 national eHealth strategy and the eHealth business case for funding by the states and territories will be delayed until the consultations on the PCEHR review are held.

A DoH spokeswoman said the PCEHR review consultations, the strategy refresh and the business case will all be considered by the COAG Standing Council on Health, which includes the federal, state and territory health ministers.

The future of the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA), which the reviewers recommended be disbanded, is also expected to be decided at the COAG meeting.

In a letter to the peak bodies, the first assistant secretary for the department's eHealth division, Linda Powell, said Deloitte was currently finalising dates and venues for the meetings. Ms Powell said the department will also continue to receive any feedback on implementation issues until September 1 through its This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. email address.

“I apologise for the short notice in advising you about the consultations, but as you will appreciate we have a constrained amount of time to conduct the consultation process and the government is keen to hear the views of peak bodies,” she said.

Amongst the review's 37 recommendations were advice to change the name of the PCEHR to the MyHR, adopt an opt-out system – which would require a change to the PCEHR Act – decentralise policy standards and frameworks and information sharing, boost secure messaging take-up, create a single sign-on solution, and introduce a meaningful use provision to the eHealth Practice Incentives Program (ePIP).

Deloitte has begun contacting peak bodies, with consumer organisations invited to attend a forum in Melbourne on August 11.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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