NEHTA releases eligible PIP vendors list

The National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) has released a list of 24 software developers that have committed to engage with NEHTA in an attempt to improve secure messaging interoperability.

The need for such a list eventuated as a result of recently released eHealth Practice Incentives Program (eHealth PIP) criteria, which mandates practices have installed at least one secure messaging software solution produced by an "eligible supplier".

According to the PIP section of the NEHTA website: "To be considered an eligible supplier, software suppliers agree to participate in consultation processes with NEHTA to develop and implement secure messaging standards and specifications. The actual development of these standards and specifications by NEHTA, in consultation with the medical software industry, does not impact on a practice’s eligibility for payments through the eHealth Incentive."

Nearly 50 products developed by the now "eligible suppliers" are noted on the list, however some of these products are not directly involved in secure messaging processes at this point in time.

The list of suppliers was originally slated for release on April 14, but a preliminary list was released a week earlier than expected, presumably to give practices an opportunity to complete their entire PIP application before the April 30 deadline that applies to the two other eHealth PIP requirements. Practices have until July 31 to indicate that they have installed a secure messaging software product developed by an eligible supplier.

According to a NEHTA spokesperson, the list will be updated as additional software vendors sign the NEHTA Statement of Commitment.

The second NEHTA industry engagement session being conducted as a result of the new eHealth PIP requirements is being conducted in Sydney today.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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