NEHTA portal an agent for online eHealth forms

The National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) has launched an automated application tool for healthcare providers looking to register for eHealth services such as the PCEHR.

The eHealth Online Forms tool is available on the NEHTA website and is intended to be an additional channel to the Department of Human Services (DHS) through which to apply for several eHealth services, including the Healthcare Identifiers (HI) Service, the National Authentication Service for Health (NASH) and the PCEHR itself.

DHS remains the first port of call for non-eHealth related matters such as Medicare PKI certificates and Health Professionals Online Services (HPOS), and the NEHTA tool is an addition to rather than a replacement for DHS eHealth services.

Healthcare organisations can use the new online forms tool to apply for a Healthcare Provider Identifier for Organisations (HPI-O) seed number, to register for the PCEHR or to obtain a NASH PKI certificate for organisations.

However, with NEHTA set to be closed sometime in the next year, it is likely that the replacement agency – the proposed Australian Commission for eHealth (ACeH) – will take over the functionality, a spokesperson for NEHTA said.

“[It] is expected that this service will be part of the new Australian Commission for eHealth, noting that it is an online channel to create and send an application to DHS,” the spokesperson said.

“It is possible that at some stage in the future, this online functionality could be integrated into the DHS services.”

The tool also provides assistance for healthcare organisations looking to register for the PCEHR and includes information on the participation agreements that are still a requirement. The Department of Health (DOH) is proposing to abolish these agreements, which have been characterised by practice managers as time-consuming and onerous.

The NEHTA spokesperson said NEHTA would not make any recommendation to providers on whether to wait until a decision is made.

“The participation agreements are a matter for the Department of Health, and the current processes will continue until such time as the legislation has been changed,” the spokesperson said.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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