Zedmed ready to roll with PCEHR-compatible software

Clinical software company Zedmed has achieved its conformance certificate to interface with the PCEHR and is gearing up to roll the capability out to the practices of early adopters shortly.

Zedmed received notification that it had passed its Conformance, Compliance and Accreditation (CCA) certificate to both view the PCEHR and to upload shared health summaries this week, Zedmed business analyst Jane Blakeley told Pulse+IT.

“We believe that we are the first GP desktop software vendor to have completed that testing,” Ms Blakeley said. “Users can view, upload and download documents, so basically that gives you full access to the PCEHR directly through Zedmed and you don't need any other third-party software.”

Ms Blakeley said Zedmed would have full capability for users to meet the new requirements for the eHealth Practice Incentive Program (ePIP), which will come into full effect next May.

To qualify for the ePIP, practices will need to show that they have the capability to interface with the Healthcare Identifier (HI) Service to download patient IHIs as well as search for and validate Healthcare Provider Identifier – Organisation (HPI-O) and Healthcare Provider Identifier – Individual (HPI-I) numbers.

They will also need secure messaging capability, electronic transfer of prescriptions capability and be using clinical coding in their patient records by February next year. Full PCEHR capability is a requirement by May in order to qualify for the ePIP.

Ms Blakeley said that while Zedmed has passed its CCA for interfacing with the PCEHR, it will still be a few weeks before it releases a compliant version to customers.

“One is that NEHTA and Accenture need to authorise Zedmed software to actually access the production environment,” she said. “There are some technical steps they need to take at their end and the indication is that that would be in a week or so to complete."

Ms Blakeley said Zedmed had a large number of practices that have put up their hands to be early adopters for the system, and that they are currently finalising their PCEHR prerequisites, including registering themselves to access the PCEHR and for their interim NASH/PKI certificates.

“We would anticipate that we will have practices up and running fairly soon,” she said. “We are really pleased for our clients as they will have confidence that they will be eligible for their ePIP requirements and have everything in place and it won't all be happening at the last minute.”

Zedmed has had HI Service interface capability in its software since last year, and the search and validation service for HPI-Os and HPI-Is in its current version.

The software also currently supports the ETP requirement, with the ability to use either the eRx or the MediSecure prescription exchanges. It will also have full Secure Messaging Delivery (SMD) standard capability shortly.

“We are working with both Argus and HealthLink on SMD capability and my understanding is that they and Global Health are working together on a project to work interoperably. Although none of that is in place at the moment, we do have agreements where we will be capable in time. It's not complete but it's all in place.”

In terms of the clinical coding requirement, it is still unclear whether practices will have to use certain coding systems or merely have the capability for it. Pulse+IT understands from several industry sources that the latter is more probable.

Ms Blakeley said that as Zedmed uses ICPC-2 PLUS coding for problem diagnoses, this should meet the requirement.

“Further down the track they will need to use a nationally recognised coding system and I think the ultimate goal is that those coding systems will either map to SNOMED CT or that SNOMED CT will be used natively within the software,” she said.

In a statement, Zedmed general manager Grant Williamson said the company was “proud of our recent developments and are excited to provide users with the confidence they need to become eHealth compliant”.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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