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NEHTA tech glitch identified

NEHTA has identified the technical glitch which lead to the authority halting implementation of primary care software at PCEHR Wave 2 sites earlier this year.

Speaking at Senate Estimates, NEHTA chief Peter Fleming said the fault was identified as located in one of the Clinical Document Architecture implementation guides. The guides have since been revised.

Mr Fleming told Estimates NEHTA is internally testing the revised guides prior to restarting the trial site process.

He also said the six-week halt would have no material impact on the July 1 deadline for the roll-out of the PCEHR. The federal government has indicated any Australian wanting to register for an electronic health record will be able to do so from that date.

The federal government has funded the PCEHR to the tune of $467 million. That funding ends on June 30, and the government has not signaled any intention regarding funding after that period.