Further work is underway to implement a national electronic health (eHealth) system in Australia, which will enable consumers' health information to be electronically managed and exchanged. The main component of eHealth is the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) which is an electronic record of your health information.
The Federal Government recently released its 'PCEHR System: Legislation Issues Paper' (Paper), about the legislation that will underpin the new PCEHR system. The Government sought public comment on this paper, and will use this feedback to draft legislation which will also be released for public consultation prior to being presented to Parliament.
BCNA developed a submission regarding the Paper in August 2012, in consultation with BCNA Advocate Geraldine Robertson.
BCNA is supportive of the PCEHR system and believes that it has the potential to enhance sharing of health information between individual health care providers, and between consumers and their health care teams. BCNA is mostly supportive of the proposed legislative framework to support the PCEHR system, as outlined in the Paper but has a number of concerns namely:
- the appopriate minimum retention period of health records
- the privacy obligations governing PCEHR system operators, which are private sector organisations
- Download BCNA's PCEHR submission below
- Read BCNA's eHealth position statement
- To read more detailed information about eHealth and the PCEHR visit the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) website