ComCare to develop mobile PCEHR assisted registration
Despite a backlog in HPI-O applications that has now delayed ComCare’s PCEHR-ready version going live by three weeks, aged care software vendor EOS Technologies has embarked on a project with NEHTA to develop assisted registration functionality.
EOS Technologies, a not-for-profit subsidiary of the Silver Chain community nursing group and a member of NEHTA's aged care software vendors panel, has not been issued an HPI-O yet, 13 weeks after the standard 10-week wait for a number.
Comment is being sought from the Department of Human Services on the number of applications being considered, how large the spike in applications is, and when the backlog is expected to be cleared.
EOS Technologies’ PCEHR functionality has passed NEHTA’s compliance and conformance assessment, and its secure message delivery is being tested at the moment, EOS Technologies CEO Allan Turner said.
“What we’re really encouraged by now is that we’ve engaged with NEHTA to do some additional work for assisted [PCEHR] registration,” Mr Turner said.
“Because Silver Chain touches nearly 60,000 people every year, while we’re out there delivering care we can have this assisted registration on a tablet, we can help the client register for a PCEHR.”
Mr Turner said his personal opinion was that the PCEHR should have been an opt-out system, not opt-in, but “assisted registration is the best way to accelerate uptake, and we’re keen to be involved in that”, he said.
As well as the WA-based Silver Chain Group, ComCare users include RSL Care in Queensland and HammondCare in NSW.
Mr Turner said assisted registration would be ready for ComCare’s July release, and a larger update of the software is scheduled for September.
Some of the improvements include expanded clinical assessment features, a transport module to roster users’ travel, an industrial award-interpretation module to improve payroll processing, and multiple GPS maps display for mapping clients, services, visits and employee or team locations.
Meanwile, EOS Technologies earlier this month called for nominees to fill an industry spot on the board committee.
“ComCare has been driven by Silver Chain in the past, and in the future we want ComCare to be driven by the industry,” Mr Turner said. “We want to be seen as an industry-led application.”
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