ePrescribing, cybersecurity and blockchain on the agenda for RACGP

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) expert committee on eHealth and practices systems is gearing up for its third annual eHealth forum, which will focus on electronic prescribing, digital healthcare and cyber security, and how blockchain may be applied in healthcare and health information security.

The college is also running its third annual national survey to develop a snapshot of the current trends of technology adoption in Australian general practice. Last year's survey showed that GPs remain optimistic about the use of eHealth technology and its ability to improve productivity and care coordination, but issues related to patient confidentiality and privacy are still the key barriers to adoption.

The expert committee, chaired by Melbourne GP Nathan Pinskier, focuses on eHealth developments, information management, and issues that affect the future operation of Australian general practice.

Its forum is aimed at helping inform the work of the committee and allows for the ideas and opinions on eHealth of the wider GP community and RACGP membership to be heard.

On the agenda this year are electronic prescribing and the legislative changes required to make it a reality.

Cybersecurity will also be a focus, with a panel discussing risk mitigation, training and education for practice staff and appropriate device and technology usage in advance of the notifiable data breach scheme coming into effect in February 2018.

Blockchain is a buzzword but it is also being explored seriously for its potential to improve interoperability and medical record security in healthcare.

The forum is being held at the RACGP's national office in Melbourne on Thursday, November 23.

Members can take part in the 2017 national technology survey on the RACGP website.

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