NEHTA briefing for pharmacy vendors' panel

The National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) is holding an online industry briefing this Thursday to explain what will be involved in its new community pharmacy vendor panel for implementing the pharmacy components of the PCEHR.

NEHTA recently issued a call for expressions of interest from community pharmacy software vendors to join the panel to work on incorporating PCEHR specifications into their software.

The deadline for expressions is June 4, with a shortlist to be announced after July 2. Vendors will have to integrate a number of products and specifications, including HI Service functionality, secure messaging delivery (SMD) and endpoint location service (ELS) specifications, the NASH software development kit (SDK), connectivity to the PCEHR, and the ability to generate and send a CDA event summary to a PCEHR-conformant repository.

They must also have electronic transfer of prescriptions (ETP) capability and the ability to incorporate Healthcare Identifiers and standardised medications terminologies including SNOMED CT-AU and the Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) for the medication history list.

NEHTA's head of implementation services, Lisa Smith, and implementation managers Christian Holmes and Rupert Lee, will host the webinar and explain the conformance assessment process, while implementation services program manager Peter Makris will outline the evaluation process and timelines.

The briefing will be held between 1pm and 2pm on Thursday, May 31. An agenda for the webinar and instructions on how to attend are available at the TenderSearch portal (registration required).

Posted in Australian eHealth

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