Mater systems accredited for Healthcare Identifiers Service

Queensland's Mater Health Services has received accreditation from the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) for its interface to the national Healthcare Identifiers Service.

It can also now communicate with other healthcare providers using the Secure Messaging Delivery (SMD) technical specification developed by NEHTA.

Mater Health Services, which operates seven Mater hospitals in south-east Queensland, is part of the Mater Misericordiae Health Project, a Wave 2 PCEHR eHealth site.

In July 2011, it received funding of $7.1 million over 12 months to implement a shared EHR for expectant mothers. Called the Mater Shared Electronic Health Record (MSEHR), the hospital group is collaborating with three GP Divisions – Brisbane South, South East Alliance and Southeast Primary Healthcare Division – along with private obstetric practices on the project.

The MSEHR program will initially deliver an electronic alternative to the paper-based Pregnancy Health Record currently used in Mater Mothers’ Hospitals.

The maternity-focused shared EHR will store key information such as health history, previous pregnancy history, birth preferences, breastfeeding preferences, an obstetric management plan, pathology and radiology results, alcohol and drug screening information, medications, allergies and adverse reactions.

The project is using InterSystems HealthShare healthcare informatics platform to develop the interface to the national Healthcare Identifiers Service, operated by Medicare Australia.

HealthShare connects over 95 clinical and patient administration systems at Mater and also provides message translation for the HL7 healthcare interoperability standard and permanent storage of HL7 messages.

The interface was one of the first to gain accreditation under the Compliance, Conformance and Accreditation (CCA) program operated by NEHTA.

Mater’s chief information officer Mal Thatcher said the MSEHR will ultimately integrate with and support the national PCEHR.

“The project will initially develop and implement a repository for obstetric information with access for maternity patients, internal clinicians and affiliated external healthcare providers,” Mr Thatcher said.

By connecting to the national Health Identifiers Service, Mater will incorporate Healthcare Identifiers to its MSEHR as part of the development.

As well as storing the clinical information submitted by patients, participating external providers and Mater, the repository will use Healthcare Identifiers in Mater’s exchange of information with other healthcare repositories.

Mater’s integration specialist Andy Richards said the team had started the development for the Health Identifiers Service towards the end of 2010.

“One of the advantages HealthShare has given us is that we can create new interfaces quickly without having to rebuild interfaces to other systems,” Mr Richards said.

HealthShare also allows Mater to communicate with other healthcare providers using the Secure Messaging Delivery (SMD) specifications.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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