March the target for NEHTA specification fix

The National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) is hoping to finalise changes to its specifications for GP desktop software by mid to late March.

Problems have been discovered in the specifications for GP software development released in November last year.

NEHTA has put a hold on further implementation of the software, affecting most of the Wave 1 and 2 sites for implementation of the PCEHR.

“The changes required to be made to specifications will be completed over coming weeks and are expected to be finalised mid to late March,” NEHTA CEO Peter Fleming said in a statement.

"Our specifications are subject to rigorous assessment processes and this has highlighted some technical incompatibilities across versions.

“We have identified problems with the specifications and have made the decision in order to avoid any risks.”

Mr Fleming said that as the scope of changes is being determined, “NEHTA is working closely with the sites to verify all activities and target completion dates”.

He said the pilot sites were established to test and deploy software and eHealth capability in real world healthcare settings prior to the introduction of the PCEHR.

“While the pilot site and national infrastructure projects have operated in parallel, neither is a critical dependency for the other project.”

Posted in Australian eHealth

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