AMT goes live in Victoria

NEHTA has announced the first live implementation of the Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) in a clinical environment. Box Hill Hospital, part of Eastern Health Services, has started generating prescriptions for outpatients and discharge using AMT, through their HealthSMART Clinical System.

AMT delivers a standard national approach for the identification and naming of medicines. This includes standardised naming conventions and associated coded terminology structure to accurately describe marketed medications for computer systems, clinicians and patients. The terminology is intended for use in medication management and prescribing software in both primary and secondary healthcare. While the AMT is provided to developers of such software at no charge, the implementation of the system is understood to be a nontrivial exercise.

The Department of Health Victoria (DoHV) is using AMT identifiers and descriptions to underpin their new outpatient and discharge prescribing system. The application uses the identifiers and descriptions from AMT as the basis for search and selection of medication items to create an electronic record and a prescription that is then printed.

In a statement, NEHTA Head of Solutions Development Paul Williams said the implementation was a major milestone in the development of Australia’s national e-health system.

“As part of the transition to electronic health systems, the need for an accessible standard terminology such as AMT to uniquely identify and describe the medicines available in Australia for computers, clinicians and patients is essential,” he said.

NEHTA has signalled an intention to assist in the wider deployment of the AMT throughout Victorian hospitals that use the Cerner Millennium system.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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