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Study Findings from C. Pearce et al Broaden Understanding of Electronic Medical Records (A personally controlled electronic health record for...

July 22, 2014



Study Findings from C. Pearce et al Broaden Understanding of Electronic Medical Records (A personally controlled electronic health record for Australia)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- Investigators discuss new findings in Electronic Medical Records. According to news reporting out of Sydney, Australia, by VerticalNews editors, research stated, "On July 1, 2012 Australia launched a personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR) designed around the needs of consumers. Using a distributed model and leveraging key component national eHealth infrastructure, the PCEHR is designed to enable sharing of any health information about a patient with them and any other health practitioner involved in their care to whom the patient allows access."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research, "This paper discusses the consumer-facing part of the program. Design of the system was through stakeholder consultation and the development of detailed requirements, followed by clinical design assurance. Patients are able to access any posted information through a web-accessible 'consumer portal.' Within the portal they are able to assert access controls on all or part of their record. The portal includes areas for consumers to record their own personal information. The PCEHR has the potential to transform the ability of patients to actively engage in their own healthcare, and to enable the emerging partnership model of health and healthcare in medicine. The ability to access health information traditionally kept within the closed walls of institutions also raises challenges for the profession, both in the language clinicians choose and the ethical issues raised by the changed roles and responsibilities."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "The PCEHR is aimed at connecting all participants and their interventions, and is intended to become a system-wide activity."

For more information on this research see: A personally controlled electronic health record for Australia. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 2014;21(4):707-713. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association can be contacted at: Bmj Publishing Group, British Med Assoc House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JR, England.

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting C. Pearce, Natl E Hlth Transit Author, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Keywords for this news article include: Sydney, Australia and New Zealand, Electronic Medical Records

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