Fionna Granger - Department of Health - PCEHR and Pathology Reports


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Fionna Granger, First Assistant Secretary, eHealth Operations Branch, Department of Health presented "PCEHR and Pathology Reports" at the National Pathology Forum 2013.

This annual conference provides a platform for the public and private sectors to come together and discuss all the latest issues affecting the pathology sector in Australia. For more information, please visit the conference website:

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Fionna Granger - Department of Health - PCEHR and Pathology Reports

  1. 1. PCEHR and Pathology Reports Fionna Granger First Assistant Secretary Operations Branch, eHealth Department of Health 15 October 2013
  2. 2. Why do we need electronic health records?  18% of medical errors caused by inadequate availability of patient information  Year ending 30 Sept 2011, Australians spent 262 million nights away from home  Every week 34% of GPs treat a patient for whom they have no current information  Economic modelling undertaken by Deloitte (2010-2011) estimates that the direct benefits of the PCEHR will be worth approximately $11.5 billion over 15 years. 00 Document title Date
  3. 3. Features of the Australian eHealth record Views, Searches and Reports Current PCEHR System Current system • Consumer health summary • Consumer entered notes •Consumer entered child data (CeHR) – portal and mobile app Views Consumers and their Representatives Information Sources Search Consumers and their Representatives Current system • Shared Health Summaries • Event Summaries • Discharge Summaries • Specialist letters • eReferrals •Prescription and dispense records X Views Search Healthcare Providers PCEHR System Core Services National Prescription and Dispense Repository Reports Medicare Repository Reporting Users Record Management Current system •Medicare History • PBS History • Organ Donor • Childhood immunisations Healthcare Providers (via clinical systems) Medicare
  4. 4. What’s captured by the PCEHR? 00 Document title Date
  5. 5. Supporting Healthcare Providers • The system is designed to be integrated into existing local clinical information systems • Faster and easier access to patients’ health information means faster, holistic, safer care • Approximately 90% of all GP clinical software is now PCEHR compliant
  6. 6. Charting progress: PCEHR Adoption  Over, 970,000 consumers have registered for an eHealth record.  An average of 6,500 Australians are signing up per day for an eHealth record.  5,517 healthcare organisations (HPI-Os) have registered for access to the PCEHR, covering all the health care providers who work in them.  The PCEHR currently contains about 30,000 clinical documents, and is growing at a rate of approx. 2,500 documents a week.  There are nearly 27,000 consumer entered health summaries, 239,975 childhood immunisation records, and 120,762 organ donor registry documents. 00 Document title Date
  7. 7. Future Functionality Key Priorities: • Advance Care documents • NT My eHealth Record, including: • Diagnostic Imagery reports • Pathology reports
  8. 8. Pathology Reports • Sharing of pathology report information via the PCEHR will: • Support continuity of care; • Increase visibility for individuals to manage their own healthcare; and • Potentially decrease duplication of tests.
  9. 9. Questions? • More information @ and