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The Pangula Mannamurna Health Service in Mt Gambier, South Australia (SA), is now using the national eHealth record system, the Personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR), allowing healthcare practitioners to upload shared health summaries to their clients' PCEHRs. Pangula is a member of the Aboriginal Health Council of SA (AHCSA), which is co-ordinating the roll out of the PCEHR to the clinics serving Aboriginal people in the state.
AHCSA's eHealth program manager, Dr Sarah Ahmed, said nearly all of AHCSA's member health services, and the more than 30 clinics they run, have applied to take part in the PCEHR, with six of the health services completing full registration so far.
'The real value of the PCEHR for Aboriginal people in remote areas will come when not only clinics and general practices are RCEHR capable, but hospitals as well, particularly for uploading discharge summaries,' Dr Ahmed said.
Source: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) Aboriginal Health news