Electronic health record developer HTR has become the first software vendor to fulfil all five requirements of the new eHealth Practice Incentive Program (ePIP), having received its certificate of conformance for its interface with the PCEHR.
HTR, which launched its Telhealth cloud-based solution last year, has been able to demonstrate its connectivity with the PCEHR for some months. It was listed for its PCEHR conformance on NEHTA's new PIP eHealth product register today.
Telhealth has already been listed for its interface with the Healthcare Identifiers Service, and its electronic transfer of prescriptions (EPT) and secure messaging capabilities.
Practices wishing to apply for payments under the new ePIP must demonstrate their software has the capability to access the HI Service, use a recognised ETP exchange and be compliant with the new Secure Message Delivery (SMD) standard. They must also be able to upload and download documents to the PCEHR and use a recognised clinical coding system.
Telhealth, which has four current clients including a large aged care provider, has already integrated with the MediSecure prescription exchange, and is currently working to integrate eRx as well. It has developed its own secure messaging service that has been certified as complying with the SMD standard.
It uses a clinical coding system based on the Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) and SNOMED CT, the company said.
While its main client is an aged care provider, HTR is targeting the GP market as well, particularly those GPs who would prefer a cloud-based solution rather than locally installed software.
For more information on what practices will need to do to qualify for the ePIP, and where the major software vendors are up to, see the November issue of Pulse+IT.
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