Bug in PCEHR documents in older version of clinical software

Practices using superseded versions of Medical Director are being encouraged to upgrade to the latest version if they are also participating in the PCEHR, following advice that some CDA documents are including the practitioner's personal contact details as well as their organisation's.

In a circular to MD users, HCN says it has been advised by NEHTA that some clinical systems operating the PCEHR have been generating CDA documents including personal contact details.

HCN says the problem only affects Medical Director users who are operating versions 3.12.1a to 3.14d inclusive. The problem was rectified in July last year through the MD 3.14e update, but some users have still not upgraded.

HCN issued a major release – 3.15 – in November last year and has since added new PCEHR functionality. The company says CDA documents now only display the healthcare organisation's contact details rather than the provider's, such as the practice phone number, fax number and email identification.

It is recommending that all MD practices upgrade to the latest version, 3.15.2, which incorporates the changes along with other PCEHR enhancements. Practices that have not upgraded to the 3.15 release will need to install it from the DVD before downloading version 3.15.2.

It is unclear if the problem is affecting other clinical software products. NEHTA has been approached for clarification.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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