Genie releases update with inbuilt assisted PCEHR registration

Genie Solutions has released version 8.5.5 of its clinical software for GPs and specialists, featuring the ability to register patients for a PCEHR directly from within the system.

The new functionality will allow healthcare providers to send a request to register the patient to the PCEHR server from within the tools menu and receive a reply automatically. Previously, patients had to fill out a paper form or providers could download the Java-based Assisted Registration Tool (ART) following verification by the Department of Health and Ageing.

Genie Solutions' software developer Matthieu Kluj said when users open the patient demographics or clinical window, they will find a new option in the tools menu.

“You click on tools and there's an option called 'Register a patient for PCEHR',” Mr Kluj said. “It's a wizard, so you just follow the steps. You fill in what needs to be filled in and then send a request to the PCEHR server, and you get a response automatically after that.

“If the request has succeeded, you can directly connect to the patient's PCEHR and it's instant. As soon as you register the patient, you are going to be able to interact with the patient's PCEHR.”

One advantage for users of doing assisted registration from within clinical software is that the software will pre-populate the different sections for provider and patient details.

Mr Kluj said the patient still needs to physically sign a form for consent purposes. In this version of Genie it is the original registration form, which is quite large and still needs to be manually filled out.

However, he said this form had since been reduced in scale to a one-page consent form, which will be available in the next version of Genie.

“We have custom forms for the provider to pre-populate the form, so you can download them and they are pretty much ready to go as soon as you link them to a patient,” he said. “They only have to sign it.”

Genie has provided two options to send the signed form to the system operator: it can either be scanned in and sent along with the registration request to the PCEHR server, or it can be kept locally.

For the patient, an identity verification code (IVC) is generated to allow them to access their PCEHR through the consumer portal when they get home. Like the ART, the patient can choose to have the IVC sent directly through Genie and the doctor can print it out for them, or the patient can elect to receive it by email or text.

“They use this code on the PCEHR portal and access their PCEHR directly after that,” Mr Kluj said. “It's pretty good and will make things easier.”

It is understood that Genie is the first primary care software vendor to have released this functionality. Acute care software specialist Emerging Systems has had the functionality at its St Vincent's Hospital site in Sydney since late last year.

Genie Solutions' program development manager Michael Griffin said the functionality was originally scheduled for release by NEHTA's software vendor panel at an earlier date, but that release was pushed back. Genie continued working on the specifications nonetheless.

“Medicare only brought their servers online for it this week,” Mr Griffin said. “We've done all of the testing and finished off all of the specs, so we have that in our software and we were ready to go when Medicare was ready.”

Genie has also added new CDA codes for dispense and prescription records and a new view in the PCEHR tab for the National Prescription and Dispense Repository (NPDR) and the Medicare overview.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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