I have been vaguely following this story for a while and have blogged before on the topic. I would write a column on the topic but there is no transparency on the topic so it is difficult to get enough material to discuss.
Apart from uninterest on the part of all of us – there just does seem to be much reason to sign up and all efforts to encourage this have been pathetic – I understand that most doctors cannot access e-health records because there are problems with the software. You might have thought the department would have sorted this before rolling out the program.
But the waste, the dollars – so depressing. But next we will have some member of the Labor government extolling the virtues of the NBN to enhance the e-health experience. AHAHAH
For a bit of a laugh, I asked my GP whether we could conduct Sykpe consultations and he could email any prescriptions/path orders. I have a blood pressure machine and I told him I could take my own blood pressure. Strangely, he did not seem at all interested.
THE government has been rocked by the mass resignation of doctors advising it on its troubled $1 billion e- health system.
The system barely functions a year after it was launched and this week former AMA president Dr Mukesh Haikerwal and Dr Nathan Pinksier and two other advisers quit in frustration.
Although 690,000 Australians have signed up for an e-health record the Department of Health has admitted only 5427 patient records have been provided by doctors…
Patients claim their e-health records show them using medicines for conditions they don’t even have.