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.

Posted in Australian eHealth

Comments   

# Keith Heale 2013-01-23 16:07
"Medical Director, the market-leading software package for GPs, is fully compliant with all of the five requirements." According to HCN's own website only MD3.14d is compliant with the PCEHR interface, and MD3.14d hasn't been released yet. So technically MD is not compliant with all five requirements, though there is plenty of time for that to be achieved (1 May target).

Although Argus has been accredited since February last year and on the Secure Messaging register for months, the compliant version (Ver 6) has still not been released to subscribers. It seems unbelievable that well into the second decade of the 21st century clinicians sstill cannot exchange secure electronic messages in a standardised way!
# Anon 2013-01-23 17:18
Even with software on the NeHTA register, products only just being available for release still means 3 -4 working days for deployment to meet the requirements
# Kate McDonald 2013-01-23 18:03
Quoting Keith Heale:
"Medical Director, the market-leading software package for GPs, is fully compliant with all of the five requirements." According to HCN's own website only MD3.14d is compliant with the PCEHR interface, and MD3.14d hasn't been released yet. So technically MD is not compliant with all five requirements, though there is plenty of time for that to be achieved (1 May target).

Although Argus has been accredited since February last year and on the Secure Messaging register for months, the compliant version (Ver 6) has still not been released to subscribers. It seems unbelievable that well into the second decade of the 21st century clinicians sstill cannot exchange secure electronic messages in a standardised way!


Hi Keith

You're correct on that. HCN told me they plan to begin the roll out of MD 3.14d towards the end of the month.

www.pulseitmagazine.com.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1268:medical-director-ready-for-the-epip-and-pcehr&catid=16:australian-ehealth&Itemid=327

Argus might be waiting for the interoperabilit y work with HealthLink and ReferralNet to be finished. I'll check with them and let you know.
# Hong Nguyen 2013-01-23 18:22
Hi Keith,

Thanks for the comments. The team have worked over the Christmas and New Year period and completed extensive testing with NEHTA to make Medical Director 3.14d compliant with the PCEHR interface. The great news is that MD 3.14d is already live at numerous sites who participate in our beta and early adopter program. The feedback has been positive and expect general release for the remaining network of practices very soon. The current release (3.14c) of Medical Director already meets 1st Feb relevant ePIP requirements.

We have also created a dedicated eHealth page (www.hcn.com.au/ehealth) which is aimed at helping Medical Director customers through the ePIP process, here you will find step by step instructions and also online video tutorials which will assist our customers to get ePIP certified.

Keith if you have any other questions feel free to reach out to us, always happy to have a chat and help.

Cheers
Hong @HCN
# Ross Davey 2013-01-25 10:31
It is true that even though Argus version was CCA tested and accredited early last year we are still in the process of rolling out this version.

The reason that rollout has taken some time is that Version 6 has discarded use of the proprietary Argus Users Directory (AUD) and now relies on the Human Services Directory (HSD) for its central directory. It has taken some time to migrate the Argus user entries in the AUD over to the HSD. The main reason for the difficulty is the fact that the data-sets for each of these directories differ, and some data cleansing is necessary throughout the process.

Argus Version 6 cannot be used in a region until the HSD is populated with Argus users for that region.

We have virtually completed version 6.x rollout in the NT and the rest of Australia should come soon.

Ross Davey (Argus)
# Keith Heale 2013-01-30 08:47
Thank you to those who replied to my comment.

Hong, I see that MD3.14d was released last Friday. That's good, because we were not prepared to bet the business on the previous version relying, as it did, on various patches and hotfixes.

Ross, I am delighted to hear about the move to using HSD as the directory service for Argus (and presumably other messaging services). I'm less thrilled about the time it is taking, although having waited for ten years for some progress on interworking secure messaging services, I suppose we can wait a few months more. There are only about a thousand medical practitioners in NT. But NT accounts for only a little over 1% of the total for Australia (maybe a higher propertion of Argus users). I do hope you have a process worked out or the wait is going to be a long one. Alternatively, we can hope that your comment was the truth, but not the whole truth, and there have been other issues holding up the general release of Argus 6!
# Keith Heale 2013-01-30 10:56
A footnote to previous comment:
Medical Director 3.14d is not available, but HCN's Support office in Bundaberg is closed due to the floods! So no upgrades for us until members of the helpdesk team get their heads above water!
# Keith Heale 2013-01-30 21:45
Sorry, a typo: above should of course read "Medical Director 3.14d is NOW available,..." Apologies to HCN and readers.

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