Medicare details added to PCEHR

Details of Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) history as well as organ donor registry status have been added to the PCEHR.

As reported by Pulse+IT last month, a new wave of functionality is being prepared for August, with MBS, PBS, organ donor and childhood immunisation details available.

MBS, PBS and organ donor details are now appearing in both the Health Record Overview and the Medicare Services Overview sections of the PCEHR.

The PBS information currently being displayed stretches back to 2010 and includes full details of the prescription, including generic and brand name, prescription and supply dates, dosage in terms of form and strength, quantity and any repeats.

MBS data includes the name of the healthcare professional visited and the length of the consultation.

The organ donor status lists all of the organs and tissues that individuals have agreed to donate, along with the date of registering with the Australian Organ Donor Register.

Department of Health and Ageing secretary Jane Halton told Pulse+IT earlier this month that the medicines information displayed on the PCEHR will only be that held by Medicare. “[It includes] scripts that are below the co-pay, although privately issued scripts will not yet be included,” she said.

This functionality will be available when electronic transfer of prescriptions (ETP) is more widespread, she said. The rollout of PCEHR-enabled general practice software will probably begin in September.

“What will be available in late August will be access to Medicare data,” she said. “The beginnings of the GP software we anticipate to be a bit later than that – probably the following month.”

Posted in Australian eHealth

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