PCEHR operational blueprint in final draft: DoHA

An operational blueprint that will set out how the PCEHR will be managed after the system is launched on July 1 is in its final draft, according to the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA).

In a response to questions put on notice during a Senate committee hearing into the PCEHR last month, DoHA said the operational blueprint was being developed by administrative design company ThinkPlace.

ThinkPlace is a member of the national infrastructure partner consortium and has been engaged on that basis, DoHA said.

Committee chair Sue Boyce had asked the department a number of questions regarding the operational blueprint, including when the development began, when it would be ready for use and if it would require staff training to use it.

DoHA said formal discussions and workshops had been held between November 2011 and February 2012 to develop the blueprint.

Consultation has included discussions internal to the department and with representatives of the Department of Human Services (DHS), the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA); the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner; the national infrastructure partner, Accenture; the national change and adoption partner, McKinsey and Co; the PCEHR program strategic adviser, Deloitte; Apis Group and other agencies.

“ThinkPlace commenced work on the operational blueprint in late November 2011 and built on detailed operational design work previously undertaken by NEHTA, in consultation with the department,” DoHA said.

“The operational blueprint is at the final draft stage, subject to incorporating feedback from the PCEHR program control group.

“It provides a framework for the operational implementation of the PCEHR system and is now being used to guide development of the detailed processes and procedures to establish the PCEHR functions.

“Implementation activities for the operational blueprint have commenced.”

DoHA said the administrative functions to be delivered within the framework, such as procedures to support registration and enquiries, are subject to separate training packages being built by each relevant agency.

“These training packages will ensure staff involved in delivery of each function receive training on the detailed polices and procedures,” it said.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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