RACGP releases draft 4th edition Standards for general practices

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has launched a draft version of its Standards for general practice (4th edition). The Standards are used as the benchmark against which general practices are accredited by AGPAL and GPA, with accredited organisations able to access Practice Incentive Payments.

As with the current third revision of the Standards, the criterion relating to Information Technology (IT) are presented in a high level fashion with many of the specific expectations relating to IT deferred to separate guidelines published by the RACGP. These guidelines themselves are currently under review by A/Prof Peter Schattner, however it is unclear at this time what additional expectations may be levied by Government on practices seeking access to e-Health Practice Incentive Payments throughout the expected three year life span of the Standards.

Standard 4.2 in the draft release — which comprises Criteria relating to “Confidentiality and privacy of health information” and “Information Security” — contains most of the information technology related material that practices seeking re-accreditation will need to address.

The final version of the fourth revision of the Standards will be launched at the combined RACGP/AAPM GP’10 conference in October. The draft release of the standards are available online: http://www. racgp.org.au/standards

Posted in Australian eHealth

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