NEHTA names private hospitals set to link to PCEHR

Four private hospital groups have joined the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse cancer centre as part of the National E-Health Transition Authority's (NEHTA) private hospitals PCEHR rapid implementation program (RIP).

Announced last year, the program offered a total funding pool of $500,000 to private hospital organisations to support their deployment of a PCEHR viewing or clinical document upload capability.

NEHTA has named Adventist Health Care, Cura Day Hospitals Group, Healthscope and St Vincent's Australia as the successful parties, along with Chris O'Brien Lifehouse.

In a statement of requirements issued last year, NEHTA said it expected the majority of funding offers to be between $50,000 and $100,000 per participating organisation.

“Agreements will be signed with successful organisations in January or February 2015, with all elements of the deployment to be completed by June 30, 2015,” the statement of requirements said.

As part of the contract, private hospitals were required to outline proposed activities to support eHealth activity by local healthcare providers such as GPs, as well as supporting their own clinicians.

Pulse+IT has requested the names of the successful applicants from NEHTA several times this year but the requests were refused.

Questions regarding the funding allocations and the detail of what the program involves for participants have now been directed to the Department of Health.

Pulse+IT's request for an interview with a technical expert or with NEHTA CEO Peter Fleming were also refused.

“We're not doing any interviews,” a NEHTA spokesperson said.

Posted in Australian eHealth


0 # Catherine Groenlund 2015-07-07 09:53
Please take into account that the patient can be using both public and private hospitals at same time and on multiple occasions and be having imaging and pathology from the organisations connected to the public and to the private separately. These different services don't look at the results from the other services and the specialist doesn't report or consider the past reports from the other. Comparisons are not made. To have them considered is left to the patient or the carer to ask for. Relevant doctors don't initiate. This is of particular importance with patients with comorbidities and also elderly patients. Hospitals dont inform GPs of treatments or relevant results. Also relevant Allied practitioners are not copied on results eg dental surgeons. This is a stark reality in all hospitals mentioned in article receiving grants above. These should invest in having their systems communicate. A portal for all data collection from both public and private to communicate. Patients frequently enter through emergency which is public and move to private for various reasons medical and financing shifting. This is the reality. The patient is one individual and the system ramifications can and do contribute sometimes to fatal results.or expensive in time money and patient complications and iatrogenesis. How are these situations repaired so we have better results and this situation is evaluated for positive improvements. ???

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