Global Health listed for ePIP, launches cloud-based SMD service

Global Health, the Melbourne-based vendor of the ReferralNet secure messaging service, has been listed on NEHTA's ePIP product register as being SMD-compliant, and has also launched a cloud-based secure messaging solution for specialists and allied health practitioners.

ReferralNet joins HealthLink, Argus and Medical-Objects on the ePIP registry for secure messaging, allowing practices that have installed and are using one of the services to qualify for the second requirement of the government's eHealth Practice Incentives Program.

Practices must also have integrated healthcare identifiers into their practice records and obtained a NASH PKI certificate for eHealth and secure messaging from Medicare.

Global Health has also launched a provider portal to deliver SMD-compliant secure messaging capability to specialists and allied health practitioners. The new MasterCare Connect uses ReferralNet as the core solution underlying the cloud-hosted service.

It is the latest in the MasterCare suite of solutions, which also include electronic medical records for specialists and allied health practitioners, MasterCare MHAGIC (mental health case management) for psychiatrists, psychologists and allied health providers, and MasterCare ePAS for hospitals.

Global Health's CEO, Mathew Cherian, said MasterCare Connect was a browser-based provider portal for managing referrals and recording patient information, accessible through any device with an Internet connection, including smartphones and tablets.

Mr Cherian said the initial phase of the launch was focused on the allied health and specialist market who don't use an EMR or health workers that require access to secure messaging and progress notes from anywhere using any device.

“General practice is highly motivated to take up SMD messaging but this is not as prevalent across hospitals, aged care facilities, specialists and allied health providers. The full benefits of eHealth connectivity need the providers adjacent to general practice to take the step from manual, paper-based correspondence and fully embrace secure electronic messaging,” he said.

For specialists using a clinical system like Genie, Mr Cherian recommends that they use the ReferralNet agent as it's more streamlined and unobtrusive.

MasterCare Connect is available in the cloud as a fully managed service, including back-up and security, server administration and licence, upgrade and maintenance requirements.

Its pricing structure is subscription-based, with a monthly or annual fee of $29 per month or $299 per year for an individual subscription, $64 per month or $649 per year for a multi-practitioner site of up to six users, with an extra $11 or $110 for each additional user.

In addition to allowing secure receipt and transmission of referrals and reports electronically, MasterCare Connect will also allow users to create patient records from incoming referrals, create case notes and progress reports, and to share patient records with colleagues.

Global Health is currently offering a free 90-day trial of the service.

Posted in Australian eHealth

Comments   

# Privacy Paul 2013-01-28 13:11
It will be interesting to see how many other software vendors release health information sharing portals in the coming months, especially with the changes to the Privacy legislation that has recently been enacted.

One thing is for sure that strong 2FA will be required and not just certificate based authentication.

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