Genie uploads its first documents to the PCEHR

Genie Solutions' - first PCEHR upload

The Samford Valley Medical Centre near Brisbane has uploaded its first clinical documents to the PCEHR using Genie Solutions software.

A GP at the centre, owned by Dr Trish Moloney, created both a shared health summary and an event summary for a client and uploaded them to the system yesterday.

Genie has had full PCEHR capability since late October when it released version 8.3.4 of its clinical software. Managing director Paul Carr said there are currently 370 practices using that version who can now begin connecting to the system once they have gone through the registration process with Medicare.

Dr Carr said once doctors and practices are registered the process of uploading is simple and very fast, but warned that getting registered in the first place was overly difficult and time-consuming.

“They are going to have to simplify it,” Dr Carr said. “It is a pretty tedious process for surgeries to have to work through.”

However, the actual uploading takes no time at all, he said. He dismissed the worries of some groups who believe it will add too much time to a consultation.

“There's a button half way down on the right of the screen in Genie,” he said. “You click that and it asks if you want to create a shared health summary or an event summary. You click the shared health summary and it displays the information that will be uploaded. Click the Send button and it’s done.

“It is literally three seconds, so all the things that people are talking about, that they don't have time to do it in a consultation … that concern is probably misplaced.”

Dr Carr said Dr Moloney's practice had put its hand up to test the system, having long been an early adopter of IT. It was the first practice in Australia to submit an HIC Online claim, using Genie, in 2003.

Genie joins Zedmed as the first desktop software vendors to allow general practice to connect to the PCEHR. Best Practice plans to release its PCEHR-compatible software next month, and Medical Director is aiming for January.

More vendors are also being added to the PIP eHealth registers being maintained by NEHTA, which show which software has been certified as compliant with the different requirements of the eHealth Practice Incentive Program (ePIP), which will begin in February and May next year.

CSC Healthcare has been listed on the PCEHR registry for its practiX software, along with HI Service capability and secure message delivery.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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