Northern Qld begins planning for My Health Record opt-out trial

Federal Department of Health officials and representatives from project evaluation firm Siggins Miller will visit Cairns and Mareeba later this week to talk to local primary healthcare providers and community members about the opt-out My Health Record trial set to begin in a couple of months, as applications for the position managing the trial roll-out close.

Northern Queensland is one of two sites chosen to trial an opt-out version of the My Health Record, formerly known as the PCEHR. The area includes over 670,000 people who will have a record created for them unless they choose not to.

The trial will be conducted by the Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN) in association with local hospital and health services. NQPHN has been advertising for a director of eHealth to manage the roll-out in addition to developing and leading the implementation of other eHealth strategies.

The eHealth director will also be responsible for implementing a new reporting portal and payment gateway for NQPHN contracts and commissioned services, and for establishing a 'Health Systems Innovation Hub' to increase private sector participation in the planning and provision of primary health services.

DoH and Siggins Miller representatives are meeting with local general practices, allied health and mental health professionals, medical specialists, Aboriginal Medical Services, aged care providers and pharmacists in Cairns on Wednesday and Thursday this week, with a special rural forum being held in Mareeba on Thursday morning.

NQPHN chairman Trent Twomey said feedback from the meetings will directly inform the implementation plan and delivery of the My Health Record.

“We’re also looking forward to cooperative planning with local Hospital and Health Services – this is a significant step in improving connected care between acute and primary care in northern Queensland,” Mr Twomey said in a statement.

“We feel that our membership, location and regional demographics make NQPHN an ideal trial site for the proposed changes to My Health Record. We are the fourth-largest PHN in terms of geographical size, and the rural and remote nature of our region reinforces the need for a functional electronic health system."

The other trial is being run by the Nepean Blue Mountains PHN.

Posted in Australian eHealth

Tags: PCEHR, My Health Record

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