ePIP registers begin to populate

The four registers listing which software products have passed conformance tests and meet the requirements for the eHealth Practice Incentive Program (ePIP) are beginning to be populated.

General practices wishing to apply for payments under the ePIP must fulfil five requirements with their software, including interfaces with the Healthcare Identifier (HI) Service, secure messaging delivery (SMD) and electronic transfer of prescriptions (ETP) capability by February next year.

They must also use a recognised clinical coding system, such as the bespoke systems used in Medical Director and Best Practice, or ICPC-2 PLUS. There is no individual register for this requirement.

The fifth requirement – the ability to connect with the PCEHR and upload and download patient information – is due by May 2013.

As of today, there are six software products on the register for accessing the HI Service, including Zedmed version 19, Genie for Mac and Windows version 8, HCN's Medical Director clinical system and PracSoft practice management system, Best Practice version 1.8 and Communicare 11.3.

Medical Director and Argus are listed on the SMD register, while Stat version 2, Medical Director, Zedmed, Genie, Best Practice and prescription exchange provider MediSecure are listed on the ETP register.

Zedmed and Health Industry Exchange's HIE Companion Gateway are listed on the PCEHR registry.

Pulse+IT understands that the ePIP register will gradually be updated over the next month.

Heidi Tudehope, operations manager for Communicare, now owned by DCA, said the company was working on a number of the requirements, including the B2B interface with the PCEHR and ETP specifications.

“We will fulfil all of the ePIP requirements so we will be on that register at some stage.,” Ms Tudehope said. “Regarding the PCEHR, that is under development at the moment – our B2B interface with that will be available in version 12.5, which is due out in December.”

Another member of NEHTA's GP desktop software panel, CSC Healthcare, will also apply to be put on the registers. CSC achieved HI Service connectivity for its practiX software in July last year and passed formal laboratory testing and certification for its secure messaging delivery service in November last year.

CSC's out of hospitals solution manager and program leader for the PCEHR, Perry Pappas, said the company was working on the next set of deliverables under its NEHTA contract, including the full integration with the PCEHR.

“The single largest [deliverable] is the integration into the PCEHR,” Mr Pappas said. “That gives the vendors the ability to start uploading documents. It is by far the biggest and most complex by its very nature.”

Mr Pappas said CSC had chosen some “champion” sites where customers will trial the software before a wider roll out to the customer base.

The other member of the GP desktop software vendors panel, Medtech Global, has also passed the majority of its conformance requirements, while aged care software specialist iCare and acute care software specialist Emerging Systems have also made progress.

At a Health Informatics Society of Australia meeting in Sydney earlier this month, David Roffe, CIO of St Vincent's Hospital, which uses Emerging Systems' EMR known as deLacy, said he expected that St Vincent's would be the first hospital to upload a clinical document to the PCEHR.

For a full update on what progress software vendors have made on the five requirements, see the November issue of Pulse+IT.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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