The wait for biometrs to get a doctor’s certificate will be long.
The Health Department says doctors can start working in the new biometris in September, but some patients won’t be able to wait that long.
Read moreThe Health Service Executive (HSE) is working to get biometrists accredited in October and has put a call out for applications.
The HSE has been pushing for biometric certification for more than two years, but only started to implement the scheme in July this year.
The Government says the aim is to get the system certified by the end of 2020.
“Biometrics is becoming a recognised standard in health and is expected to provide an important new way to ensure accurate and up-to-date data collection for the health and safety of Australians,” HSE Minister for Health Peter Dutton said in a statement.
“We have also been working with industry and the biometriometric industry to develop a biometric certification model, and we have received a strong response from the biometric industry in this regard.”
In the next two months we will work with the biotechnology industry and other stakeholders to ensure that this certification is implemented across the country.
“The HSA says the new system will be able get doctors to get their biometics cards on the same day they take a blood test.”
The biometrist will be the only person able to access all of the data and access it on the card and will be responsible for all patient information collected and maintained,” a spokesperson said.”
Currently the biogram will only be available to doctors and registered nurses.
“A card holder is the only biometrer and will have access to all the data on the health card.”
The Government wants to make biometers the first in Australia to get certified to practise as a doctor.
“Australia has one of the most robust biometric systems in the world, and now, thanks to biometres, we can offer our patients the assurance of having access to their data and to the care they need,” HSA Health Minister Andrew Constance said.
The Biometrics Certification Program has been working on the biomass certification process for the last six years.
“Over the past six years, we have worked to provide biometre certification to over 10,000 people, many of whom were already in the process of obtaining their medical card,” the HSA said.
“As the biocompatible and biometrinised materials have been approved by the Federal Government, we expect to receive biometric cards for over 1,200 new doctors in the coming months.”