RACGP Position Statement – Safe and effective electronic transfer of information to and from general practice
When exchanging sensitive patient information, individuals and organisations need to do this is a way that is safe, secure and efficient. The RACGP advocates for the use of secure messaging systems because they are the safest, most secure and most efficient communication method. However, despite the considerable efforts of professional bodies, government agencies and industry, the lack of interoperability between secure messaging systems remains a significant barrier to wide scale adoption.
The RACGP has updated its position on safe and effective electronic transfer of information to and from general practice and views email as preferable to other less secure methods for exchanging patient information, provided it adheres to RACGP guidance on using email in general practice and every effort is made to secure it as much as possible.
A Review of the Safety and Quality Benefits of Secure Messaging
The need for healthcare providers to connect to each other safely and securely is greater than ever. The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, on behalf of the Australian Digital Health Agency, has produced a report on the Safety and Quality Benefits of Secure Messaging.