Implementing the PCEHR from the bottom up

Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) Australia is planning a seminar for healthcare service providers and health IT vendors to discuss how to use IHE's cross enterprise document sharing profile XDS.

IHE-XDS integrates standard workflows and eHealth communication standards to support patient health record exchange and other health communication.

The seminar, to be held at the same time as the IHE Australia PCEHR 2012 Connectathon, aims to promote the use of IHE profiles in the context of the PCEHR. It will also look at international and local implementation experience.

IHE Australia events manager Bernie Crowe said the meeting will provide somewhat of a “bottom up” view of PCEHR implementations and will focus on local vendor experience.

“This meeting will provide opportunities for health services providers, early implementers of the PCEHR, and vendors to gather insights into the current state of play,” Mr Crowe said.

Vince McCauley, director of McCauley Software and chair of IHE Australia, will discuss using XDS to “fuel the engine” behind the PCEHR. He will also lead a discussion on understanding NEHTA's Compliance, Conformance and Accreditation (CCA) program for the PCEHR and contrast it with the IHE Connectathon process.

HL7 International co-chair and developer of the FHIR draft standard, Health Intersections' Grahame Grieve, will explain how HL7 CDA is being used for discharge summaries and shared health summaries in the PCEHR. Oridashi principal and former Pen Computer Systems enterprise architect Brett Esler will explain how to extract information from general practice clinical information systems into the PCEHR.

Pen provided the technology for one of the first uploads of a patient's shared health summary to the PCEHR.

Chris Plewright, enterprise architect with acute care clinical information software vendor Emerging Systems, will explain how his company has developed an interface to the PCEHR. A representative from Orion Health will also attend to show its work in providing consumer and provider access to the PCEHR through its portal technology.

Dr McCauley and other leading health informatics standards experts such as HL7 Australia chairman Richard Dixon Hughes, IHE Australia secretary Peter Macisaac and IHE International board member Chris Lindop will provide an overview of standards developments relating to electronic health records and wider eHealth infrastructure.

Mr Crowe said a panel discussion would also be held on progress towards implementation of the PCEHR and how it can be implemented in various setting using IHE XDS-enabled software.

The seminar will be held in Melbourne on Wednesday, October 10, at The Jasper Hotel. See the IHE website for more information.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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