AMA preparing PCEHR guide for doctors

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) is conducting a survey of members to help in the preparation of a forthcoming guide to using shared electronic health records.

The Essential Guide to using a shared electronic health record for medical practitioners is being partially funded by the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) as part of its change and adoption program for the personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR).

AMA president Steve Hambleton said the document will be a resource for medical practitioners that will help them make decisions about whether, when and how to use the PCEHR in their practice.

It will also detail what new processes, administrative procedures and practice protocols doctors will need to implement if they choose to use the PCEHR, as well as provide guidance about how to communicate with patients about the PCEHR.

The association has set up a survey on its website to ensure that the guide is as useful and relevant to practising doctors as possible.

Responses will be used to prioritise areas of practice for particular attention in the document and to direct the AMA's collaboration with NEHTA and the Department of Health on the guide, Dr Hambleton said.

“The drafting of the guide is also being informed by consultation with medical indemnity insurers and medical colleges, associations and societies,” he said.

“This consultation will result in a document that provides sound guidance to medical practitioners as they prepare to share patient information electronically.”

This is a member-only survey open from until Monday, January 23. Participants will need to provide their AMA username and password for access.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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