Post-PCEHR development roadmaps for GP software vendors

This story first appeared in the August 2014 issue of Pulse+IT Magazine.

While the government considers the findings of the review into the PCEHR and decides upon its next course of action in relation to the system, GP software vendors are using the opportunity to consolidate the work they have done on the PCEHR, and revisit their other development priorities.

Development work on the PCEHR commenced in earnest with the formation of the GP vendor panel in 2011. The process, coordinated by the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA), provided funding assistance and support to six clinical software development companies with a view to fast-tracking the rollout of PCEHR-enabled solutions to the general practice market.

In the intervening years, these software developers, as well as several others not engaged in the GP vendor panel process, have built interfaces to not only the PCEHR, but some of its underlying foundations including the Healthcare Identifiers Service (HI Service).

Despite the fact that many of these interfaces have largely been ignored by the clinicians the government intended to use them, the programming and refinement of PCEHR features in GP software has nevertheless consumed considerable development resources.

As one software developer reported to Pulse+IT: “A lot of our resources have been dedicated to the initial release of the PCEHR. Now that that’s all been released, we are working on finalising the minor changes that need to be done, so we are now able to focus on other things that need to be done for our customers.”

To read the full story, click here for the August 2014 issue of Pulse+IT Magazine.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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