The National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA), in association with Cor Mentes Health Consulting, has recently delivered a series of 23 interactive information sessions in hospitals around Australia to help Doctors in Training understand the Personally Controlled Health Record (PCEHR), the National eHealth Records System (NEHRS) that supports this, and how Doctors in Training – so often on the patient front line in hospitals – will be able to interact with them.
The resources used at these sessions include the attached information sheet and a 3-minute DVD (“e-Health in Action”, found at eHealth in Action). This information has been specifically tailored for DiTs as a result of two forums with representatives from the AMA’s Doctors in Training Networks around the country. From these forums, we learnt that the key messages for DiTs are:
- It is in the patient’s best interest to have the best, most accurate up to date information available in a timely way
- It is in the GP, Registrars and JMO’s best interest to have high quality shared health information to support their clinical method and best practice
- It does not replace the doctor’s clinical record; it allows access to more information than currently, making health care faster, safer and easier.
DiT concerns about the jurisdiction of the information (its provenance and trustworthiness), data curation, workflow fit for the doctor, and the medico-legal and administrative implications of the system, will be addressed in subsequent training. The main benefit DiTs in NEHTA forums saw in the PCEHR and NEHRS was its patient focus, and a capacity to support patient-centred care. Doctors were keen to point out that their main concern was with patient care.
Further information (including interactive learning modules) on the PCEHR and eHealth can also be found at http://ehealth.gov.au.