DVA looks to link up with PCEHR

The Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) will hold a formal briefing in Canberra tomorrow for software vendors looking to bid for its Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service management information system (VMIS) replacement project.

The DVA is replacing its current system with a web-based solution that interacts with the PCEHR.

The tender calls for a commercial off-the-shelf case management system that can interface with the Healthcare Identifiers Service and has the functionality to link to the PCEHR system to allow approved staff to view an individual record and upload clinical documents.

It must also have the ability for contracted clinical service providers to have their HPI-I linked to the VVCS's HPI-O and to utilise the National Authentication System for Health (NASH) – which is not yet functional – as well as secure messaging and clinical terminology capabilities.

The VMIS is a bespoke application designed and written in Delphi 5 a decade ago and is not able to support participation in the PCEHR. It also lacks the ability to allow clients to use technologies such as SMS and mobile devices to interact with the system.

While the degree of compliance with the DVA's requirements will make up 50 per cent of the tender's weighting, the ability to deliver the system by June next year will make up 15 per cent and the tenderer’s knowledge of and an interface to the PCEHR will count for 20 per cent.

All questions and responses from tomorrow's briefing will be recorded and made available on the AusTender website. Tenders are due by November 2.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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