NT hospitals now live with PCEHR but SA switches off

The Northern Territory's five hospitals now have the capability to send electronic discharge summaries to the PCEHR, representing a full slate of jurisdictions connected to the system.

However, the roll-out of South Australia's new Enterprise Patient Administration System (EPAS) has meant that three of its hospitals have had to switch off.

A spokesperson for SA Health said Noarlunga, Repatriation General and Port Augusta hospitals, which are all using EPAS, do not have connection to the PCEHR.

South Australia was one of the first to roll out PCEHR connectivity statewide and developed the Healthcare Identifier and PCEHR Services (HIPS) that enables hospitals to securely send electronic discharge summaries.

“SA Health is working to ensure the Enterprise Patient Administration System includes the functionality to connect to the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record in the near future,” the spokesperson said.

The National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) has provided an updated list of about 270 public hospitals that can connect to the system, including the NT's Royal Darwin, Katherine, Gove, Alice Springs and Tennant Creek hospitals.

In WA, the newly opened Fiona Stanley Hospital is also connected, allowing clinicians to view the PCEHR as well as upload discharge summaries. FSH joins Royal Perth, which has had the capability to send summaries since July.

The vast majority of Queensland's hospitals and health services have viewing and uploading capability, along with 28 hospitals and some community healthcare services in NSW. eHealth NSW plans to roll out the functionality to all public hospitals in the state by March next year.

In Victoria, Barwon Health and Eastern Health can both view the PCEHR and upload discharge summaries, as can The Canberra Hospital in the ACT.

Tasmania's four main hospitals have discharge summary uploading capability only.

NEHTA says there are now over 5000 general practice and 1000 community pharmacies connected to the system.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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