AAPM takes to the eHealth road

The Australian Association of Practice Managers (AAPM) has organised a national eHealth roadshow for practice managers and their staff, starting in Canberra on March 29.

The National eHealth Roadshow, sponsored by the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA), will visit over 20 cities and towns across Australia giving practice managers the opportunity to see how they can get their practice eHealth ready.

AAPM national president Brett McPherson said practice managers were at the forefront of eHealth in Australia.

"Practice managers are considered the 'agents of change' within their practice and have the opportunity to not only improve the practice in terms of efficiency, but facilitate better care for their patients through eHealth." Mr McPherson said.

The roadshow will feature a number of seminars, including:

  • National eHealth solutions and how they will work in practices
  • How the Healthcare Identifier Service integrates with existing medical software
  • How to register a practice with the HI Service
  • The PCEHR and how this will affect practices.

NEHTA chief executive officer Peter Fleming said eHealth will change the way healthcare is delivered in Australia.

"The development of eHealth will involve timely and appropriate sharing of clinical information between patients, their individual healthcare practitioners and healthcare provider organisations.

"NEHTA is proud to sponsor this roadshow. This is a wonderful opportunity for practice managers and staff to get involved in this new era of healthcare delivery.”

eHealth advocates Jan Chaffey and Marina Fulcher, who are also AAPM members and NEHTA clinical leads, will head the roadshow from the end of March through to July.

To register and to learn more about the CPD points applicable, see the AAPM website.

Posted in Australian eHealth


0 # Keith Heale 2012-03-23 14:53
It seems a bit rich to charge practice managers to attend an information session like this. The specific topics mentioned relate to the HI service which has been running for almost two years. Why has it taken until now for anyone to make any move to engage practices? As for being "eHealth ready" most practices and individual doctors went through the business of obtaining individual PKI certificates three years ago. Much good that did anyone! How many will be keen to go through that again? The eHealth initiative that would make a difference to every medical practice in Australia would be the introduction of universal secure electronic messaging. It is ridiculous that in every practice staff waste many hours per week scanning paper documents so that they can be stored in computerised clinical systems. Yet all of those letters should be sent electronically - it would be quicker, safer and cheaper. Then there's electronic prescribing which also seems doomed to go nowhere while there are two competing systems that don't talk to each other, and NEHTA seems unable to finalise a specification. These are issues that have been with us for many years now. I'm sure the roadshow is good in principle - just wish someone would address some of these real world issues instead of floating around in a dream world.

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