Medical-Objects now ready for the ePIP

eHealth software vendor Medical-Objects has been listed on NEHTA's product register for the secure messaging requirement of the eHealth Practice Incentives Program (ePIP) for its Capricorn secure messaging product.

Medical-Objects will transition its entire network infrastructure to the SMD standard – starting with the rollout of Capricorn v3.0 – for February 2013, when the first four requirements of the ePIP come into play.

The secure messaging requirement ensures that listed products comply with the Secure Message Delivery (SMD) standard, which will help enable interconnectivity between messaging and clinical software vendors.

Medical-Objects general manager Lynden Crawford said the company's solutions are built on standards and it has been a leader in standards compliance, receiving the first Australian Healthcare Messaging Laboratory (AHML) HL7 accreditation in 2005.

“Medical-Objects Capricorn v3.0 conforms to all mandatory and optional Australian Technical Specification (ATS) 5822-2010 ‘E-health secure message delivery’ endpoint roles,” Mr Crawford said.

“SMD endpoint roles include both direct sender and receiver, as well as sending and receiving via intermediary services.”

Medical-Objects' Capricorn can send and receive via intermediary services – analogous to sending a letter to a postbox to be retrieved by the recipient, which is also used by the other secure messaging providers – but it also includes the Secure Immediate Message Delivery (SIMD) mode, which allows users to send messages and receive responses in real time.

Mr Crawford said that SIMD was useful for directory look-ups, provider searches for referral and appointment system queries, amongst other applications.

Mr Crawford said the Medical-Objects provider directory has grown by 20 per cent per annum over the last three years, and now has 21,000 providers across Australia in general practice, pathology, radiology and hospitals, as well as specialists, aged and community care and allied health providers.

Pen Computer Systems has also been listed on the ePIP register for its PrimaryCareSidebar tool, which can interface with the PCEHR.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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