Next RACGP president keen on remuneration for My Health Record

North Sydney GP Harry Nespolon has won the election to become the next president of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and will take up the role at the college's AGM in October.

Dr Nespolon has targeted the Medicare rebate freeze, the return of GP training to the college's control, the controversial planning learning and need (PLAN) CPD activity and remuneration for the My Health Record as priorities for his tenure.

In his campaign manifesto Dr Nespolon criticised the college for signing a deal – or ““compact”, as Health Minister Greg Hunt calls it – with the federal government to end the rebate freeze, calling the move “astonishing”.

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Tags: RACGP, Harry Nespolon


0 # Martin Steel 2018-07-05 10:47
"and we will be required to, in effect, maintain these medical e-records if they are to have any value."..... you are kidding me right? I'm assuming my GP already maintains clinical records for their own benefit, as much as for the patient, in compliance with the RACGP Standards for general practice. For a healthcare provider to participate in the MHR and have complaint software, the decision to upload a health summary is but a few mouse clicks.....
Electronic health records are the subject of significant discussions worldwide, and in Australia's current environment the amount of patient healthcare records held across multiple provider locations and systems - digital and paper based, makes a convincing case for a health record model that must facilitate timely availability.
0 # Simon James 2018-07-05 11:44
Hi Martin,
While most software is streamlined enough to the point that, yes, an upload may technically only require a few mouse clicks, the consent model implies that a discussion takes place before this occurs. I suspect time will also need to be spent reviewing the various pieces of information that are to be uploaded, which is of course a good thing if data quality has some hope of being maintained. As GPs and patients become more familiar with the system, I'd expect this overhead to decrease, however NEHTA's own figures as presented at HIC a few years ago suggested that as much as 12 minutes would be required to undertake an initial upload of a shared health summary...rough ly the entire length of a level B consultation. I asked for a copy of the slides at the time, but they weren't forthcoming :)
Despite being a private patient at my local GP (circa $40-50 out of pocket each time), I've not yet had any success in getting her to upload any information to the 'My' HR, despite it being functional in the practice. It's somewhat frustrating but when you depart the practice via a crowded waiting room, it's hard to argue with her approach.
Simon James
0 # QLD Health staff member 2018-08-07 07:38
I've had a similar experience Simon, though my GP uploaded information at my request about a year ago, but none since. At the time, he said I was the only patient in this extremely busy practice of probably 20 GPs who'd asked about the MHR and having information uploaded.

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