Barwon Health gets set to send discharge summaries to PCEHR

Geelong's Barwon Health is working on functionality to upload discharge summaries to the PCEHR, which it plans to do through its BOSSnet clinical information system.

Contrary to NEHTA's list of hospitals that are connected to the PCEHR for the sending of inpatient discharge summaries, Barwon Health's CIO Ann Larkins said while it was connected through the National Prescription and Dispense Repository (NPDR), it had not yet achieved the eDischarge capability.

There are now over 200 public hospitals, both large and small, in Queensland, NSW, South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT to have PCEHR discharge summary capability.

Some of those connected hospitals also have the ability to view a patient's PCEHR either from within clinical software, or in the case of Queensland through its The Viewer portal.

Victoria has yet to go live with the capability, but Ms Larkins said a number of health services were working on it. She said Barwon Health was very much in the project initiation stage and was just kicking off, but would be allowing its clinicians to upload discharge summaries directly through its BOSSnet clinical information system.

The organisation already has much of the functionality built within BOSSnet as part of its role in the Medview project, one of the Wave 2 sites for the implementation of the PCEHR.

Medview was designed to test the ability to upload prescribed and dispensed medications to the PCEHR and involved several hundred community pharmacies in the Geelong region, along with Barwon Health's pharmacy department and several aged care facilities.

It then expanded into Tasmania and has since become the NPDR, which has so far added tens of thousands of prescription and dispense records to the national system.

Ms Larkins said Barwon Health would use its capability through BOSSnet rather than using the Healthcare Information and PCEHR Services (HIPS) application designed by SA Health and licensed to NEHTA.

“We are doing it through BOSSNet because we already have that functionality built in for medications, which have been going up directly to the PCEHR from BOSSnet for the best part of a year,” she said. “We will use that same build to get discharge summaries up as well.”

South Australia is using HIPS for its metropolitan hospitals, which have been uploading discharge summaries since last year. NSW is predominantly using clinical information systems, including Emerging Systems' EHS at St Vincent's Hospital – the first in the country to go live – and the Cerner system used in many other public hospitals.

Tasmania is also using HIPS, and WA is expected to do so as well. Royal Perth Hospital is very near its go live date, with WA Health rolling out a Notifications and Clinical Summaries (NaCS) system to allow acute care clinicians to view discharge summaries both within the WA Health system and in the PCEHR.

NEHTA has also updated its lists of software packages for GPs, aged care and pharmacies as they add eHealth functionality.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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