National Seniors Australia appreciates the opportunity to comment on the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record System – Legislation Issues Paper.
We believe that the introduction of the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) has the potential to significantly improve the quality of health care delivery and healthcare outcomes for all Australians, by enabling the sharing of health information among an individual’s health care providers, where that individual has authorised the sharing of this information.
Older Australians, in particular, stand to benefit from this initiative. As people age, it may become more difficult for them to remember all relevant medical information and, as a group, older Australians are more likely to suffer from chronic and complex conditions requiring interaction with many health care providers. It is therefore pleasing to note that they will be a key focus in the initial implementation of the PCEHR.