GPs to gain access to hospital records

GPs in Queensland will be able to view their patients’ hospital records under amended privacy laws permitting access to a restricted Queensland Health clinical information system. Dr Richard Kidd, chair of the AMA Council of General Practice, said the reform would make a huge difference to the integrity and authenticity of patient information available to referring GPs. “It will be (intended) for referring GPs. Finer details need to be worked out, but it might also be for GPs where a patient has been discharged,” Dr Kidd said. Work was under way on security protocols for GPs to enter the system, called…
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