RCPA extends pathology program to include My Health Record roll-out

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) has received federal funding to continue work on its Pathology Information Terminology and Unit Standardisation (PITUS) program, including work on conformance testing for software systems to assist with the My Health Record roll-out to pathology providers.

The college adopted new guidelines developed by PITUS as policy in 2014, and has now received funding from the federal Department of Health to continue the project to develop informatics standards for safer and better pathology requesting and reporting. It will also help facilitate the uptake of the standards by pathology practices.

RCPA president Michael Harrison told the college's annual conference on the weekend that it considered the PITUS-14 initiative and its successor, PITUS-15-16, as an important one.

“This initiative is developing standardised pathology terminology leading to limited terminology reference sets with guidelines for their use and a standard for units of measure to minimise the risks from variation in practice,” Dr Harrison said in a statement.

A focus of the PITUS-15-16 project will be on overcoming the barriers to interoperability between computer systems and the implementation of conformance testing, compliance and accreditation (CCA), which will assist with the roll-out of the My Health Record by pathology providers.

The project's steering committee is chaired by Michael Legg, who also oversaw the PITUS-14 project and its predecessor, the Pathology Units and Terminology Standardisation (PUTS) project, which developed standardised reference sets of terminology for pathology requesting and reporting and preferred units of measurement for results. This includes a list of standardised orderable test codes that cover over 95 per cent of the tests ordered by GPs.

According to the project's newsletter, it has a number of working groups, including one on standards development and publishing, chaired by Associate Professor Legg, in charge of efficient and safe electronic publishing of standards, models and terminology with NEHTA and HL7 Australia.

Another group is developing draft standards for safe reporting of atomic data to cancer registries and the My Health Record system, including investigating the use of the FHIR standard.

Posted in Australian eHealth

Tags: PCEHR, My Health Record, RCPA, PITUS

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