MIMS has released a test file of its Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) map data to its software vendor partners ahead of the planned version 3 release by the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) in June.
MIMS has been working for over a year towards a complete mapped dataset where the MIMS medicines list will align with the AMT list.
This will provide clinical software applications using MIMS medicine information with a dataset that links or maps to the AMT via the AMT codes.
The sample test file has been released to vendors to allow them to familiarise themselves the changes in the MIMS data structure.
MIMS business development manager for primary care and community pharmacy, Dinah Graham, said the mapping project was a complex one and MIMS was still unsure of what will be contained in the next upgrade of the AMT but that it was important for vendors to have a look at the test dataset and begin the planning process to incorporate the changes into their software.
“We have previously sent a test dataset out to our vendor partners working on the PCEHR Wave sites, but we are making this test file available to all of our vendor partners, of which there are over 70,” Ms Graham said.
The test dataset contains approximately 400 packs mapped to the AMT and, although only a small subset of the potential 15,000 mapped items, it will give MIMS vendors a full view of the changes required around the MIMS data, she said.
She said the work on mapping to the AMT had been difficult for MIMS' editors as the way medicines are described in the two systems can be very different.
The AMT is being developed by NEHTA rather than using a proprietary system such as MIMS as the AMT is an extension of the international SNOMED clinical terminologies.
Pulse+IT understands that no one is actually using the AMT at this time in the transfer of medicine information between different vendor systems.
Although NEHTA has previously stated that it has been incorporated into Cerner's Millennium software and is being used at various sites in Victoria, it is understood that the use of the AMT within this environment is still within the same vendor system.
An industry source said the true test of the efficacy of the AMT will be when it is used in a multi-vendor environment.
Vendors using MIMS can download the dataset and associated documentation from MIMS' ftp site.