PCEHR to be modified to allow health record overview

The National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) has announced there are plans to modify the PCEHR infrastructure to allow a new overview to be presented in clinical software, and has also launched a training environment to let organisations give the PCEHR a test run with simulated data and patients.

Officially available since Monday, the training environment currently supports GP and specialist software from Best Practice, Communicare, Genie, Medical Director, MedTech, practiX and Zedmed. The organisation said other software products were expected to be added over time.

Bookings for the resource are required, according to NEHTA's website. The organisation will then provide instructions on how to connect to the environment and run the simulations.

NEHTA has refused Pulse+IT's request to attend a simulation, and has declined to respond to any enquiries since the commencement of the PCEHR review.

NEHTA also announced that following feedback from primary care clinicians, the PCEHR infrastructure will be modified to support a health record overview (HRO) as a common method of presenting the lists of documents uploaded to individual patients' PCEHRs.

“Subsequent to that, primary care software vendors will build the HRO into their software products,” the NEHTA website states. “This work is underway, with the first software able to display the HRO expected to be available in mid-2014.”

NEHTA said it provided guidance to software vendors from primary care clinicians about certain aspects of the PCEHR, including populating and uploading a shared health summary and the way in which some information is handled within the document, and planned to do the same next year for feedback on event summaries.

Primary care clinicians were unclear about what information to include in an event summary and in which situations they would use one, the organisation said.

As reported this week, clinical software vendors have received little feedback from their customers on the user interfaces they have designed for the PCEHR. Some vendors are participating in NEHTA's clinical usability program (CUP), but one told Pulse+IT that most of the changes requested were minor.

NEHTA said positive feedback had been received from clinicians about what it is calling the “smart” view of prescription and dispense records, better known as the rendered view of the National Prescription and Dispense Repository (NPDR).

NEHTA has also made available an online feedback form for users wanting to comment on the PCEHR, and has provided a list of software products for general and specialist practices, aged care and pharmacy and their eHealth capabilities.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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