What is a Personally Controlled eHealth Record (PCEHR)?
A PCEHR is a secure, electronic record of a consumer's medical history, stored and shared in a network of connected systems.
The PCEHR will bring key health information from a number of different systems together and present it in a single view. You and your
healthcare professionals who are authorised organisations can access it online whenever you need, from wherever you are.
The Australian Government is rolling out the electronic record system and people seeking health care in Australia can now register for
their own health record. This is a system that will be built up and further developed over time.
As the system develops, having an eHealth record will give your doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals involved in your care access to a summary of your key health information, provided you have given initial consent who you set up the access settings for your record. This will include information such as medications, test results, hospital discharge summaries, allergies and immunisations.
As people and health care organisations register for the eHealth record system, your health care will become better connected which will result in better, faster and more efficient care for you.
Consumer, Carers and Health Professionals and dealing with Chronic Conditions and Mental Health Issues
Please watch the short video below which features Jane, a patient of Dr Mukesh Haikerwal's who suffers from multiple chronic conditions and a number of mental health issues.
The aim of the video is to show you a real life example of how having your own personally controlled electronic health record can assist you with keeping track of your health information which is especially useful when you are having to deal with multiple health professionals.
As Jane and Dr Haikerwal discuss throughout the video, because of the PCEHR, Jane no longer needs to remember all the medications she is taking for her multiple conditions, nor all of the tests she has had and the results, or details of things such as allergies and immunisations and repeat this sort of information to each of her healthcare providers.
Dr Mukesh Haikerwal is a General Medical Practitioner in Melbourne Victoria Australia in a group practice including his wife Karyn.
He is the Chair of Council of the World Medical Association and was elected in May 2011 working with 100+ Member National Medical Associations (NMA).
He was awarded the Order of Australia in 2011 for distinguished service to medical administration, to the promotion of public health through leadership roles with professional organisations, particularly the Australian Medical Association, to the reform of the Australian health system through the optimisation of information technology, and as a general practitioner.
He is currently the National Clinical Lead and Head of the Clinical Leadership & Stakeholder Management Unit with the National e-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) apprising the Australian community of the benefits of the vital role of IT in health care an enabler of progressive improvements and sustainability.
He is a Professor in the School of Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Flinders
University in Adelaide, South Australia. He is also a Broadband champion with the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Chair of the beyondblue National Doctors' Mental Health Program, the General Practice Data Governance committee and a Co-Chair of the Australian Asian Medical Federation. He sits on the Advisory Board of
Brain Injury Australia.
He was the 19th Federal President of the Australian Medical Association, its Federal Vice President and, prior to that AMA Victorian State President. This saw him responsible for national policy development, lobbying with federal parliamentarians, co-ordinating activity across the AMA State entities and representing the AMA and its members nationally and internationally.
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