Consultation outcome - Patient records and privacy of health information practice standard

The Council has consulted with its stakeholders on a draft patient records and privacy of health information practice standard during the August to October 2017 period.

A total of seven formal submissions were received and the Council thanks these stakeholders for sharing their concerns, expertise, and for their time commitment.

There was overall agreement on the draft practice standard, with only a few minor refinements proposed—related to the guidance provided in the draft practice standard. The majority of these suggested changes were incorporated. 

The Council considered that no major changes would be required within practitioners’ current practice to enable compliance with the updated patient records and privacy of health information practice standard. As a result, a short implementation period, following the holiday period, was considered appropriate. 

The updated patient records and privacy of health information practice standard will come into effect on 1 February 2018, replacing the current record keeping practice standards.

The outcome letter and patient records and privacy of health information practice standard are attached.

Please familiarise yourself with the updated document before the implementation date.