Personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR) Draft Concept of Operations

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The Draft Concept of Operations and its purpose

The Draft Concept of Operations – Relating to the introduction of a PCEHR system provides details on how the PCEHR system may look, what information it might contain, proposed security and privacy settings, and how it will connect with existing clinical systems.

The information in the Draft Concept of Operations – Relating to the introduction of a PCEHR system is based on the framework for a national electronic health record system to which the Australian Health Ministers' Conference agreed in April 2010.

Its content has been further shaped by the wide-range of consultations which the Department of Health and Ageing (the Department) and the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) have held with stakeholders—including consumer groups, health professionals, the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry and state and territory governments.

The Draft Concept of Operations – Relating to the introduction of a PCEHR system has been an important part of the stakeholder engagement program being conducted by the Department and NEHTA. Its development has stimulated discussion on the proposed design of the system and highlighted areas where further work is required.

Scope

The Draft Concept of Operations – Relating to the introduction of a PCEHR system describes the many elements of the PCEHR system in a single document. The draft covers participation issues involving individuals, healthcare providers and organisations. It outlines the proposed management of PCEHR information and provides an approach to privacy and security. It describes the proposed components of the system, governance, implementation, outcomes evaluation and consultation.

Audience

The Draft Concept of Operations – Relating to the introduction of a PCEHR system is aimed at those who wish to understand the proposed design of the PCEHR system, particularly consumers, health professionals, the ICT industry and state and territory governments.

A consumer booklet, e-health – have your say, gives details on how the PCEHR will impact on consumers and what it will mean to their future health care.

The next stage

Submissions closed on 7 June 2011. Feedback on the Draft Concept of Operations – Relating to the introduction of a PCEHR system will be reviewed in June 2011 and will inform the PCEHR system’s design and functionality. Submissions received on the Draft Concept of Operations – Relating to the introduction of a PCEHR system will help to shape continuing work around governance and policy-setting, change and adoption, benefits evaluation, and the first wave and second wave e-health sites that are being established around Australia to test different elements of the PCEHR system in practical settings.

The final PCEHR Concept of Operations is scheduled for release in August 2011.

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