Genie to go mobile for smart devices, readies for PCEHR

Clinical and practice management software vendor Genie Solutions is developing a mobile app for both smartphone and iPad/iPhone users to remotely access patient files.

The app will allow users to connect back to the practice server wherever they are, with the ability to both read and write information, Genie's managing director, Paul Carr, said.

“You'll be able to make appointments offsite, add new patients and that sort of thing,” Dr Carr said. “They won't have complete functionality but they'll have a lot of it and that will be improved over time. We have it working now but we plan to seed it to a few beta sites in the next month or two, so within a couple of months it should be available.”

Genie is also working on integrating the eRx Script Exchange into the software. Genie is already integrated with the other major electronic prescription service, MediSecure, but will now offer both services to users, Dr Carr said.

The additional functions are part of a huge year of work for Genie, which has 2500 practices throughout the country, servicing around 40 per cent of Australian specialists. The company has recently made available version 8.3.1 of its software for general release, following a staggered rollout throughout the year.

Dr Carr said Genie was prompted to accelerate the release to its Mac users following the release of OS X Lion, which Genie version 7 couldn't run on. He said users will notice that the latest version of Genie runs a lot faster than before. “It's faster on both platforms but it will be particularly quicker on Macs because it runs natively on the Intel CPU, which version 7 didn't do.”

New functionality in v8.3.1 includes most of the PCEHR capability, although much of it is still hidden, he said. Genie has been working with NEHTA as part of the desktop vendors' panel since May last year to help prepare the specialist sector for the introduction of the system.

“So far we've done the Healthcare Identifier Service integration, so you can download patient IHIs as well as doctors' HPI-Is and HPI-Os. We've completed our Compliance, Conformance and Accreditation (CCA) for CDA document rendering and display and we're about to do the CCA for packaging the CDA documents.

“A couple of weeks ago we did the Notice of Connection (NOC) testing with Medicare for uploading the shared health summary into the repository and we are just waiting for our official certificate. We are able to produce referral letters, specialist letters, event summaries, shared health summaries and we are about to go through the CCA for that.”

Genie Solutions has also been working with electronic messaging provider HealthLink to integrate secure messaging delivery (SMD) capability into the software and this is almost complete. Users will have the ability to send CDA letters in October, if not earlier. “It's 99 per cent done,” he said.

Other features include compliance with the anticipated changes to the eHealth Practice Incentives Program (ePIP), which were originally scheduled to come into effect in February but were recently delayed until May next year.

The new version also includes the ability to import patient notes from Best Practice as XML files. “If a patient at a Best Practice practice goes to another doctor at a Genie practice, then Best Practice can export that patient's data and the patient can bring it on a USB stick and Genie can import it. We've already got that feature to a certain extent with Medical Director, where we just import the patient demographics.”

Posted in Australian eHealth

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