Medical students recruited to set up practices for ePIP

The National eHealth Transition Authority (NEHTA) is recruiting third-year medical students to assist general practices in Melbourne to register to participate in the PCEHR.

Participants are due to attend a training session in Melbourne tomorrow and to work for the week of December 12 to 19, visiting general practices to help them register for the Healthcare Identifiers (HI) Service and provider registration for the PCEHR, both of which are necessary to receive payments under the new eHealth Practice Incentives Program (ePIP).

NEHTA is working with the Australian Medical Students' Association (AMSA) to recruit students in third year or above. Applications closed last Friday.

The role will involve students visiting general practices in a selected area in order to support them to meet the PIP eHealth requirements, including completing registration forms for organisation healthcare identifiers (HPI-Os) and the PCEHR.

A NEHTA spokesperson said the organisation was exploring options to help and support general practitioners to register for the national eHealth record system.

"Registration for the PCEHR and Secure Message Delivery (SMD) are necessary components of the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) eHealth Incentive for General Practice," the spokesperson said.

"As a trial, NEHTA is recruiting and training up to 10 medical students to work with our experienced clinical leads to support practices to gather the right information they need in order to register for the various components of the system.

"They will help practices to obtain and fill in the appropriate forms. Led by Dr Mukesh Haikerwal, who is also a Melbourne-based GP, this activity will support practices in Melbourne over a six-day period."

Selected students will attend and contribute to a ‘lessons learned’ workshop on December 20 in Sydney, or by webinar from Melbourne.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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