Patient's shared health summary uploaded to PCEHR

Well-known Sydney GP Raymond Seidler has uploaded a patient's clinical document to the PCEHR as part of the St Vincents & Mater Health Sydney Wave 2 project.

Following last week's announcement that a doctor at Inala Primary Care in Brisbane had uploaded a shared health summary belonging to the CEO of software vendor Health Industry Exchange (HIE) to the PCEHR, Dr Seidler has now created and submitted a shared health summary for one of his patients, Jennifer Dunn.

Dr Seidler used Pen Computer Systems' PrimaryCareSidebar tool to create and upload the document from his Best Practice clinical information system.

His Kings Cross Clinic is part of the federally funded SV&MHS project aimed at connecting hospitals, GPs and private specialists in the eastern Sydney area to the national eHealth record system.

Pen Computer Systems and HIE are currently the only two software companies that can access and share documents with the national system, although GP desktop software that is PCEHR-compliant is shortly to be rolled out. Best Practice is aiming to have its software ready next month.

In a statement, Dr Seidler said GPs had previously received handwritten letters which are often indecipherable from overworked hospital doctors. “Some patients forget to bring their letter to the GP and so much pertinent information gets lost,” he said. “Now we have a fail-safe method of information transfer. This makes the patient happy and produces rejoicing amongst us GPs who were previously left out of the loop.”

The next step for the SV&MHS project is for St Vincent’s Hospital to become the first hospital in Australia to connect to the national system. St Vincent's uses Emerging Systems' EHS clinical software, known internally as deLacy.

As reported recently by Pulse+IT, Emerging Systems is thought to be the first hospital-based software vendor to pass its Notice of Connection (NOC) and Certification, Compliance and Accreditation (CCA) testing for packaging and rendering electronic documents and interfacing with the PCEHR.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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