HealthLink readies its users for ePIP

Secure messaging vendor HealthLink has been listed on NEHTA's eHealth product register as conforming to the new requirements of the eHealth Practice Incentives Program (ePIP).

The secure messaging requirement ensures that listed products comply with the Secure Message Delivery (SMD) standard, which will help enable interoperability between messaging and clinical software vendors.

HealthLink has started automatically updating its more than 8000 clients to the SMD-compliant version of the software, including many of its general practice users who will now qualify for the second of the new ePIP requirements due next February, HealthLink's head of operations, Geoffrey Sayer, said.

“HealthLink has now undergone testing with the Australian Healthcare Messaging Laboratory and a second independent SMD laboratory,” Dr Sayer said. “As such HealthLink is well versed in dealing with the issues that will affect interoperability.”

Dr Sayer said HealthLink has already been actively testing a number of recently released clinical software products to confirm the integration with HealthLink, ensuring that users of those systems will meet the requirements for SMD under the ePIP.

“HealthLink has been testing the interoperability of messages produced and consumed by several of the EMR systems to make sure that end-to-end systems actually work in the real world,” he said.

“We are well on schedule to complete the upgrades and have our GP network ready for the first of February, 2013. This signifies the readiness of all HealthLink GP sites to meet the requirements of the PIP and supporting their capacity to share patient information.”

He said HealthLink's network, software partners and support services for all healthcare organisations will ensure that the benefits of SMD are realised.

“Most importantly HealthLink can provide the practical day-to-day support required for GPs, specialists and healthcare organisations through this transition phase and assist them well into the future,” he said.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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