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Monday, 19 October 2015
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Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record: Review

(Question No. 1552)


Ms King asked the Minister for Health, in writing, on 17 September 2015:

On what date did the Government receive the Review of the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record and will the Government respond to the recommendations in this report; if not, why not.


Ms Ley: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The Review of the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR Review) was undertaken in 2013. The PCEHR Review was received on 20 December 2013 and the report released publicly in May 2014.

Announced in the 2015-16 Budget, the Government's My Health Record Strategy responds to the key recommendations of the review. The Strategy includes:

redeveloping the system to improve its usability and clinical utility;

strengthening eHealth governance and operations by establishing the Australian Commission for eHealth to manage governance, operation and ongoing delivery for the national eHealth systems;

trialling new participation arrangements including opt-out;

reviewing GP incentives; and

providing education and training to healthcare providers.

As part of this Strategy the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) will be renamed the My Health Record.

On 17 September 2015 I introduced into Parliament the Health Legislation Amendment (eHealth) Bill 2015 (the Bill). The Bill will implement components of the Government's My Health Record Strategy by renaming the system the My Health Record system, making way for new governance arrangements, and enabling opt-out trials to be conducted.