Complete national infrastructure for PCEHR now implemented: DoHA

The Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) has announced that "the complete national infrastructure for PCEHR has now been implemented".

Components of the system not available at its initial launch in early July including healthcare provider PCEHR registration, the healthcare provider portal, MBS and PBS claim information, immunisation records and organ donor registration details are now ready, a DoHA spokeswoman said.

Registered healthcare providers can enter the provider portal as soon as they have received their National Authentication Service for Health (NASH) tokens, which are now being distributed, Victorian GP and NEHTA clinical lead, Dr Christopher Pearce, said.

Dr Pearce has received his token and the certification process is now working, he said.

The DoHA spokeswoman said the interfaces that will allow GP software to view eHealth records and documents have also been completed.

"There are several software vendors currently testing their products, and it's expected that the eHealth conformant software will be in the hands of GPs progressively from this point onwards," she said.

"It's expected that the eHealth conformant GP software will undergo some limited usability and confidence testing before being made broadly available."

The migration of immunisation records and organ donor registration for consenting consumers was completed on Sunday morning, with the migration of MBS and PBS claim information to be completed over the coming days.

The spokeswoman said the number of PCEHRs created as at August 20 was 6830, with 90 per cent of these having been established using online registration processes.

Further details about these developments have been sought.

Posted in Australian eHealth


0 # Keith Heale 2012-08-25 07:38
Searching has turned up no announcement to indicate that the National Authentication Service for Health is now available. Without this piece of foundation infrastructure many pieces of the PCEHR jigsaw puzzle just don't fall into place. Dr Pearce's "NASH" token looks like a PKI certificate issued by Medicare Aust. A NEHTA document titled "Certificates and Secure Message Delivery" outlines the various purposes for which certificates are required, and explains why the Medicare certificates are not suitable for all of them. The paper also has this to say "It should be noted that Medicare Australia’s policy currently do not support the use of those certificates for any purpose other than for communication with Medicare for the purposes of claiming." Has the world changed or are things just not what they appear?
0 # SJ 2012-08-25 07:49
Hi Keith,
I think 'interim NASH' is the term being used at the moment, and yes, it's apparent this 'interim' solution will leverage existing Medicare Australia capabilities. We're waiting for some clarification about this at the moment and will hopefully have something more detailed to report next week.

Notwithstanding what the report you're quoting says, I don't think the second quote is actually correct - can you email to me please?


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