Since July 2012,
Australians have had the option of registering for a personally controlled
electronic health record (PCEHR). This patient-controlled record is kept
completely separate from the patient’s electronic medical record.The fact that
a patient may have a PCEHR does not alter the doctor’s obligation to maintain
a medical record for the patient.
Note: Remember the PCEHR is a
summary document and does not replace the full electronic medical record (EMR)
held at the medical practice.
Access to, and disclosure of,
information in the PCEHR is subject to the PCEHR Act 2012 (Commonwealth) and
associated rules and regulations. Organisations registered with the PCEHR
system should be aware of their obligations under the legislation.
Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) regulates the
handling of information under the PCEHR system. It recommends that health care
Develop processes for handling
e-health records and ensure staff are adequately trained to follow them.
Tellyour patients about what information you intend to add
to and access from their e-health records and explain what you will do with the
Ensure that you do not collect more
information from an e-health records than is necessary.
Collect, use and disclose information in a patient’s
e-health record only for the limited and authorised purpose allowed under the
e-health records system.
Know how the e-health record
system can be used in an emergency situation.