PHNs apply for competition exemption to roll out new GP data extraction tool

The WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) has applied for an exemption to competition rules to develop and roll out a new GP data extraction tool and supply it to other Primary Health Networks (PHNs), in a move opposed by the medical software industry’s peak body.

The PHNs are planning to develop a new tool called Primary Sense 2, building on the existing Primary Sense tool developed by the Gold Coast PHN, which performs a similar function as Pen CS’s Cat4 and Topbar and Outcome Health’s POLAR tool for extracting data for programs such as the quality improvement practice incentive (PIP QI).

Posted in Australian eHealth

Tags: MSIA, PIP QI, Primary Sense 2


+2 # Philip Robinson 2021-10-07 12:24
A very interesting test case for the ACCC. The closest precedent in Health is probably the application for exemption from the competition clauses of the Trade Practices Act by Health Purchasing Victoria in seeking to tender (and thus seek to reduce costs to hospitals) for Nurse Agencies in 2001/02. The Determination in favour of HPV on the grounds of Public Benefit and Minimal Impact on competition. The Determination can be found here:
0 # Alan Pauza 2021-10-08 18:26
The PHNs already have a Collective Bargaining Notice that was allowed to stand in 2019; refer Part of the prompt for this Notice was the HPA determination and the basis for the PHN Notice is also Public Benefit.

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