Intrahealth aims for PCEHR interface next year

Clinical software vendor Intrahealth is working towards being fully compliant with the five new requirements of the eHealth Practice Incentives Program (ePIP), and has also appointed a new general manager to further its footprint in Australia.

Intrahealth, which is also active in the New Zealand and Canadian markets with its Profile integrated practice management system for GPs and Profile Specialist for specialists, has been listed on NEHTA's PIP eHealth Product Register as conforming with the requirement to interface with the Healthcare Identifiers Service.

Intrahealth's area manager for Australia, Karam Kanan, said the company was currently working on integrating electronic transfer of prescriptions (ETP) with one of the two vendors of electronic prescription exchanges, as well as developing secure message delivery (SMD) capability.

“For secure messaging, we are hoping to use an intermediary or develop our own point to point,” Mr Kanan said. “We support CDA for other initiatives we have done in New Zealand and Canada.”

He said Profile will qualify for the third requirement, clinical coding, as it is able to use the ICPC-2 PLUS, ICD-10 or SNOMED clinical terminologies and classifications.

For the full interface to the PCEHR, Mr Kanan said the company had started work on specifications and would be ready in time to enable users to comply with the May deadline.

“We will have the ETP and SMD requirements ready by February and we want to give the users time to install and deploy,” he said.

Intrahealth has also appointed Craig Longstaff as general manager for Australia. Mr Longstaff has worked for Intrahealth in Canada and here in Australia, and will be based in Sydney with Mr Kanan's team.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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