50% of general practices assigned HPI-O as ePIP deadline nears
Slightly less than half of all of Australia's general practices have applied for or been assigned a Healthcare Provider Identifier – Organisation (HPI-O), one of the requirements to be eligible for the eHealth Practice Incentives Program (ePIP).
According to the latest figures from the Department of Health and Ageing, 2867 HPI-Os have been assigned to healthcare providers, with another 1400 applications currently being processed by the Department of Human Services.
A DoHA spokeswoman said that collectively, this amounts to 4267 healthcare provider organisations that have been or will be assigned an HPI-O number, and approximately 3300 of these are general practices.
It is estimated there are 7000 general practices in Australia, according to the most recent figures published by the Primary Health Care Research & Information Service (PHC RIS).
The spokeswoman also said that as of midnight on January 21, 42,724 consumers have registered for a PCEHR, the vast majority online.
General practices must register for an HPI-O to be eligible for payments under the new ePIP, as well as apply for digital NASH certificates to access the PCEHR and use secure messaging.
The majority of software vendors have or are close to receiving certification that their product complies with the five requirements of the ePIP, with Communicare the latest company to be registered on all of NEHTA's ePIP product registries.
Communicare operations manager Heidi Tudehope said Communicare had passed NEHTA conformance on all five areas of ePIP requirements.
“Organisations that have installed Communicare version 12.5 with necessary modules enabled will be able to tick the relevant boxes on their ePIP application,” she said. Version 12.5 has been available since last month.
Of the six software vendors taking part in NEHTA's GP desktop software vendor panel, only Best Practice is yet to pass conformance for its interface to the PCEHR. Best Practice general manager Craig Hodges said the company had passed its other conformance requirements and hoped to have its PCEHR interface certified next month.
Medical Director, the market-leading software package for GPs, is fully compliant with all of the five requirements.
The deadline for general practices for the first four requirements of the ePIP is February 1. The final requirement – access to the PCEHR – is due by May 1.
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