State by state: AMT-coded prescribing events in Tasmania

ACRRM past president Jeff Ayton provided an update on Tasmania's progress in eHealth and telehealth at the RMA conference on behalf of Tom Simpson, acting CIO for the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services and former executive director for the state's acute care pharmacy services.

Dr Ayton said there had been significant advances in electronic discharge summaries in Tasmania, with 90 per cent of discharge summaries sent to GPs within 48 hours.

“Electronic referrals are beginning to happen as in other states and there is support from the one Medicare Local with general practices,” Dr Ayton said. “As in all states, there is the issue of specialists not being as connected as the GPs are, but in the public system that is starting to happen.”

He said there had also been progress with regard to telecare, with DHHS investigating options to work with the Tasmanian Medicare Local to broaden linkages between acute and primary care.

On the PCEHR, all four referral hospitals have been linked to the PCEHR for some time to upload discharge summaries, and the state is now working on a Connected Care Foundation project involving the implementation of a clinical portal and data repository that will also allow PCEHR viewing by clinicians in early 2015.

“We have been working hard to integrate things with the National Prescribing and Dispense Repository project with the uploading of AMT-coded prescribing and dispense events to the PCEHR,” Dr Ayton said.

He said there is also an ePrescribing project which is rolled out across all outpatient clinics.

Tasmania is also working on a child eHealth record project to implement an electronic version of the Blue Book.

Tasmania's government announced earlier this year that it was changing the way healthcare is structured in Tasmania, moving the three Tasmanian Health Organisations (THOs) into one agency called the Tasmanian Health Service by July next year.

As part of what it is calling the One State, One Health System, Better Outcomes reforms, the government also plans to look at eHealth in an issues paper.

“Tasmania was the first state with NBN capabilities so there are huge opportunities, but also being a small state with four major referral centres there is the opportunity to make things happen quickly,” Dr Ayton said.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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