NQ My Health Record trial to kick off next month

The 670,000 or so consumers living within the boundaries of the North Queensland Primary Health Network (PHN) will receive a letter in the middle of March informing them that they're about to get a My Health Record created for them from the information held by Medicare.

Those who want to opt out of the system will have until May 27 to inform the PHN, but for those that want one, their records will be created and online by mid-June, and accessible by healthcare providers in mid-July.

Consumers living in the other trial site of Nepean Blue Mountains PHN will also receive a letter from the Department of Health in March, containing information on the ways they can opt out, with records for those that are opting in created in July.

According to a presentation by NQPHN given at a series of meetings with local healthcare providers in Cairns last week, consumers will be able to see their My Health Record through the my.gov.au website in June and will be able to customise it by choosing which Medicare information to include on it, add emergency contact details and add access controls.

Healthcare providers will be able to access their patients' records in July and start uploading documents.

According to the NQPHN presentation, consumers may be contacted in October to see what they think about it all.

Consulting firm Siggins Miller will evaluate the trials from July through to October. The firm has experience in evaluating programs such as the National Drug Strategy and the Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement on behalf of the Department of Health, as well as programs promoting good mental health in young Aboriginal people and an extended aged care in the home project.

The Department of Health will consider the evaluation and make a recommendation to the Health Minister in 2017, including the budgetary requirements for a nationwide opt-out strategy. Legislation passed late last year allows the minister to make rules to enact an opt-out system.

Posted in Australian eHealth

Tags: PCEHR, My Health Record, MyHR

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