Introducing The Medical Software Industry Association
The Medical Software Industry Association (MSIA) was established in 1995 to provide a forum for Australian medical software vendors and related organizations to address common issues and provide a single contact point for government and consumers.
The MSIA membership comprises more than 50 companies (listed on the MSIA website) which represents the majority of companies actively supplying software to the Australian e-health marketplace. The membership includes the large international health software companies such as Sun Microsystems and Cerner Corporation, local corporate market leaders such as HCN, and smaller companies with niche markets and expertise. The MSIA membership supplies the vast majority of medical desktop software for Specialists and General Practice in Australia as well as a large proportion of medical software deployed in public hospitals.
The objectives of the MSIA include representing the interests of the Australian commercial software industry which develops, supplies and services information management products and services for healthcare practitioners, healthcare service providers and healthcare organizations.
Other functions of the association include:
- Providing a collective and representative voice in discussions and negotiations with government, other associations and representative bodies, individuals and commercial companies.
- Providing a mechanism for other organizations and individuals to communicate effectively with MSIA members.
- Providing a means by which intelligence and information can be distributed to members.
- Providing a forum for effective cooperation by members in areas which will be mutually beneficial
- Providing an agreed public Code of Practice for members.
MSIA has been/is represented and/or contributes expertise in many forums including:
- Medicare Australia Stakeholders advisory committee (SAC), Eclipse Reference, Group (ERG), Doctors Communication Group (DCG), HIC Online Software Vendors Working group.
- Pharmaceutical Benefits System (PBS) Software vendors workgroup.
- RACGP Practice standards Committee.
- AMA Expert Advisory Committee on Information Technology.
- Standards Australia MSIA is represented on the peak e-Health Standards committee, IT-14. Many members also contribute to numerous IT-14 sub-committees.
- National e-Health Transition Authority (NeHTA) joint workshops.
- Broadband for Health Working Group.
- National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council (NPAAC) IT Data Standards sub-committee.
- The National ICT Industry Alliance.
MSIA has effectively fostered the development and adoption of Standards to promote safety, quality and interoperability in the Australian eHealth marketplace and has recently formed a formal Interoperability committee to take this work forward.
The Australian medical software market is in a healthy state with an excellent record on innovation and quality. MSIA members such as Ocean Informatics and Pen Computing are leading International Standards efforts in Electronic Health Records (EHR) and Clinical Decision support and MSIA will provide a forum to promote adoption of standards and technologies as they mature. The MSIA membership is in a strong position to deal with the near future challenges of standard medications and clinical terminologies, pervasive shared electronic health records, interoperability and accreditation/compliance. The rapid changes that adoption of these technologies will require and promote, will be a major challenge to software vendors, government and users alike. I look forward to MSIA providing a common meeting point to encourage and facilitate standards and technology adoption, education and change management.
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