Zedmed releases v23 with assisted PCEHR registration and NPDR

Zedmed has launched version 23 of its clinical and practice management software, featuring an in-built assisted registration tool for the PCEHR and the ability to send scripts to the National Prescription and Dispense Repository (NPDR).

Zedmed is the third primary care software vendor to release the two new PCEHR functions, joining Communicare and Genie, which made their versions available late last year. Other vendors are due to release the functions in their next updates.

Zedmed users can register a known patient for a PCEHR through the software after the patient signs a consent form, which can be scanned into Zedmed and attached to the registration submission, or posted and a copy stored according to practice specifications.

Patients can elect to receive their identity verification code (IVC) – which is required when accessing their PCEHR for the first time – by SMS, email or a response returned through the doctor's software. The patient’s IVC is not stored anywhere within the Zedmed system.

“In the case of SMS or email, the IVC is sent via SMS or email to the patient mobile number or email address,” Zedmed's marketing manager, Rosemary Lloyd, said. “Alternatively, if 'response' is selected, the IVC is displayed on the screen along with the instructions of how to access the PCEHR and printed out and given to the patient.

“If the ‘Attach signed registration form’ button is clicked, the user is prompted to browse to where the scanned document is stored and select it to be attached to the registration submission.”

Zedmed users will also be able to send prescribing records to the NPDR, the new repository that is being rolled out for use by general practices and pharmacies, which will enable authorised clinicians to view up-to-date records of medicines that have been both prescribed and dispensed.

Doctors wanting to use the new function will have to ensure that the Global settings within Zedmed Clinical are enabled, Ms Lloyd said.

“Then while prescribing the medicine, the doctor will have to make sure that the 'Send prescriptions to NPDR' checkbox is ticked. This will send the prescriptions to NPDR.”

Scripts can now also be printed with QR codes for eRx Script Exchange, which will enable patients to use eRx's new Express app.

Other new features in Zedmed v23 include an updated National Primary Care Collaborative (NPCC) list, and updates to the data mappings that Zedmed extracts for the PENCAT Audit Tool.

All dementia conditions starting with the ICPC code P70 and all COPD conditions starting with the ICPC code R95 are to be included in the extract, Ms Lloyd said.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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