Post-PCEHR thoughts

July 10, 2012

I know there’s a lot of work to be done bedding down the PCEHR, but I think this comes under the heading “Wouldn’t it be luverly”: NHS Wales reports that more than 90 per cent of GP practices are now using its e-referral system, linking primary and secondary care establishments. The Welsh Clinical Communications Gateway, […]

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AusCERT in dead cert security embarrassment

July 9, 2012

I’ve always been a touch bemused by the way the apparent conviction by AusCERT General Manager Graham Ingram that personal computers using the Internet threaten the future of life as we know it are so readily interpreted by the usual suspects in the media as a criticism of the security of the PCEHR. In fact, […]

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PCEHR: an Irish joke?

July 4, 2012

The PCEHR might have thrown up an important lesson for software engineers: at all costs, make sure you have at least one Irish person on the development team. An O’Donnell, perhaps, or an O’Brien. I think that’s the real point of today’s story in Medical Observer, headed “Punctuation a stumbling block for e-health”. And of […]

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PCEHR demand stretches the system

July 3, 2012

It’s going to be interesting to see the early figures for PCEHR registration, given the news from Pulse+IT that the call centre could not cope with the demand. Poor Kate McDonald reports that she “made repeated attempts to register for a PCEHR through the 1800 723 471 hotline from nine o’clock on July 2, but […]

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How I created my PCEHR record … online

July 2, 2012

Well, Medical Observer and The Australian said it wouldn’t be possible. That well-known blogger said it was “aggressively user hostile” and indeed couldn’t be done, but I have just registered online for the PCEHR, and created and viewed my personal health record. It took me about 30 minutes, but I have to confess that I […]

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Attitude breeds ehealth killer app

June 29, 2012

According to “the father of HL7”, Ed Hammond, the connection of  FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources)  with mobile devices like the iPad, iPhone and Android handsets will turn ehealth into a “killer app” … if you can apply that term to something that promises to save so many lives. Hammond, ehealth professor emeritus and director of the […]

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PCEHR at the starting gate

June 28, 2012

The PCEHR legislation has been proclaimed and the regulations signed off on. That means they will be in force from shortly after midnight tonight. Registration for the PCEHR could presumably begin at any time from that point. I’m going to be watching closely over the weekend.

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Observing one’s conscience

June 27, 2012

I wonder if the Medical Observer will observe that its recent observation that the “government has grudgingly admitted online registration [for the PCEHR] has been scrapped” was, as I pointed out, quite wrong? The Australian also ran with the story, but it never apologises. The official policy of that so-called newspaper, is instead to ignore […]

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Breakthrough in GP use of PCEHR

June 21, 2012

The PCEHR pieces continue to fall into place, with the news that the RACGP is close to endorsing an agreement for GPs to sign up to the PCEHR as Healthcare Provider Organisations (HPOs), signalling the end of a dispute which loomed as a potential show-stopper for the online health record system. In a statement released […]

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The powers of PCEHR observation

June 20, 2012

I wonder if it might have something to do with the name of the publication … when a journalist is writing for Medical Observer, is there perhaps an occasional tendency to observe things that are, well, not really there? When the publication reported, for instance, that “The government … grudgingly admitted online registration [for the […]

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