PCEHR opt-out trials set to start next April
An implementation taskforce that will organise the transition of responsibilities for eHealth and the PCEHR to a new federal agency is expected to be established next month, with trials of an opt-out model for the PCEHR due to begin next April.
A spokesperson for the federal Department of Health (DoH) said that the arrangements for the implementation taskforce, which was recommended by the 2013 Royle review of the PCEHR, are currently being finalised and are now expected to be established in August.
The taskforce will oversee the transition of responsibilities for the operational activities of the PCEHR from DoH and broader eHealth system operations now managed by the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) to a new federal agency expected to be called the Australian Commission for eHealth (ACeH).
ACeH will be established as a new corporate Commonwealth entity through the Public Governance, Public Accountability (PGPA) Act. DoH special adviser for strategic health systems and information, Paul Madden, recently told Pulse+IT that the department expects the operational regulations for the agency to be ready in late December, with the process of filling roles on the board, the various committees and key positions in the organisation occurring sometime in early 2016.
It is due to come into full operation in July 2016, when NEHTA will be officially abolished.
Trials of opt-out participation arrangements for the PCEHR, which was also recommended by the Royle review and is favoured by the government, are expected to start in April 2016, the DoH spokesperson said.
These sites are expected to cover large geographical areas and may include specific cohorts of people, with the department aiming to have over a million people involved.
The spokesperson said the states and territories have been asked to nominate potential sites for these trials for consideration by the Minister for Health.
“Trial sites are expected to be agreed by the Minister and relevant jurisdiction Health Ministers in September 2015,” the spokesperson said.
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