First clinical document uploaded to PCEHR

A doctor in Brisbane's western suburbs is the first person to upload a clinical document to the national PCEHR, using Health Industry Exchange’s (HIE) Companion application in conjunction with Best Practice clinical software.

Dr Suzanne Williams of Inala Primary Care uploaded a shared health summary to the PCEHR of Brett Silvester, CEO of HIE.

The shared health summary was created using the HIE Companion, which extracted the data from the practice's Best Practice system and then uploaded it using its Companion Gateway technology. Mr Silvester was able to view his health summary through the PCEHR consumer portal.

Pulse+IT understands that this is an interim measure being used in the Wave 1 and 2 sites to begin the process of populating individual PCEHRs. HIE has been funded to integrate the Companion into some of the clinical software packages being used in those sites, including Best Practice.

Frank Pyefinch, CEO of Best Practice, said the version of his software capable of creating documents and uploading them to the PCEHR is on track to be released in a month or six weeks.

“[HIE has] extracted the data from Best Practice and they've generated the health summary and put it up, but it wasn't Best Practice that did the upload,” Dr Pyefinch said. “But good on them – they've done the work and it's good for us to be associated with it.

“We gave them assistance with understanding the database and reading it and we gave them a special log in that they can use to access the tables, but in a month or six weeks, we'll be ready too.”

In a statement, Dr Williams said the shared health summary was “surprisingly easy to create”.

“The HIE app is easy and fast to use and it is obvious that HIE have designed a health summary that supports the workflow in general practice and makes it an efficient and usable record,” she said.

The HIE Companion app was granted PCEHR production access by the Department of Health and Ageing in late August after successfully completing NEHTA's Compliance, Conformance and Accreditation (CCA) program. The live upload was done last Wednesday.

Inala Primary Care worked with the West Moreton-Oxley Medicare Local (WMOML), a partnership between the former Brisbane South and Ipswich and West Moreton divisions of general practice, to roll out the technology. WMOML is one of the Wave 2 sites for the implementation of the PCEHR.

Mr Silvester told Pulse+IT that HIE was providing the Companion technology to a number of the Medicare Locals it provides support for, who will then be responsible for rolling it out to practices.

HIE has been involved in a number of Wave 1 and 2 sites and was responsible for creating the eHealth Network website for four Wave sites. These networks have been involved in testing and deploying national eHealth infrastructure and standards in real world healthcare settings, and have recruited several thousand patients to take part.

Mr Silvester said it was now up to each network member to work on transitioning those registered patients over to the national PCEHR system.

In a statement, NEHTA CEO Peter Fleming, said the first NEHTA-compliant clinical document uploaded to the PCEHR system “will allow the production system to be utilised end to end from the GP’s desktop to the PCEHR consumer portal”.

“This is a key deliverable for the national eHealth programme and I congratulate HIE for successfully moving through alpha and beta testing to production release,” he said.

Pulse+IT is awaiting further details.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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