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Tuesday, 14 June 2011
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Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records

(Question No. 326)

Dr Southcott asked the Minister for Health and Ageing, in writing, on 24 March 2011:

In respect of the introduction of a personally controlled electronic health record,

(a) what sum of funding has been allocated for the introduction of a personally controlled electronic health record, and in which years, and

(b) what measurable outcomes will be achieved with this funding, and

(c) what key performance indicators, benchmarks and deadlines are being monitored in this expenditure.

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



2010-11 ($m)

2011-12 ($m)

TOTAL ($m)





(b) The investment over two years will fund the core national infrastructure, standards and tools to provide all Australians with the ability to choose to register for a secure PCEHR from July 2012.

(c) A summary of key milestones and timeframes are listed in the publication A National Health and Hospital Network for Australia’s Future: Delivering the Reforms in the table below:

Key Milestones


PCEHR interim governance framework agreed and implemented

July 2010 to September 2010

PCEHR long term governance framework agreed and implemented

April to June 2012

Stakeholder consultation (ongoing from commencement):


national eHealth conference

30 November to 1 December 2010

state and territory governments

July to September 2010

healthcare providers and software vendors

October to December 2010

public consultation

July 2011 to June 2012

Change Management:


Work practice analysis and implement training and awareness activities

October 2010 to March 2011

Monitor and evaluate training and awareness activities

July to September 2011

Revise and implement ongoing awareness and take up strategies based on lessons learned

July to September 2011

Lead Implementation Sites


Lead sites selected, contracted and operational

July 2010 to March 2011

Initial evaluation

April to June 2011

Final evaluation

April to June 2012

PCEHR analysis, IT architecture and requirements developed

July 2010 to March 2011

PCEHR IT standards developed

Ongoing from April to June 2011

National infrastructure established

January to March 2012

Legislative amendment

April to June 2012

PCEHR available for registration on-line

July 2012