Medical Director delivers Health Identifiers in latest update

Health Communication Network (HCN) has added national health identifiers functionality to its Medical Director and PracSoft software packages, in a development that constitutes a boost to the federal government's eHealth initiatives.

Medical Director is the market's leading clinical software product for general practitioners, while PracSoft is HCN's practice management software.

HCN CEO John Frost said the ability to link to the national Health Identifiers Service (HI Service) automatically through Medical Director and PracSoft would be available in its most recent update, available today.

He said HCN had been working on developing the functionality and achieving Compliance, Conformance and Accreditation (CCA) through the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) for a number of months and the products had been in beta testing for the last several weeks.

“HCN is committed to the government’s eHealth strategy and will ensure that those aspects of eHealth that are important to our customers and their patients are delivered,” Mr Frost said.

“Over coming years the increased use of IHIs will, we expect, have a profoundly positive effect on reducing the incidence of misidentification which today is a major cause of medical misadventure.”

He said once a practice obtains its Health Provider Identifier – Organisation (HPI-O) and the individual practitioners are allocated Health Provider Identifier – I (HPI-I) numbers, Medical Director and PracSoft would be able to automatically interface with the HI Service operated by Medicare.

HCN has also added Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) handling for discharge summaries and specialist letters to the Medical Director update.

“I’m proud that HCN, through our market leading products, can assist clinicians in more reliably matching discharge summaries and specialist letters with the correct patient file through the automatic use of IHIs,” he said.

CDA is an XML-based mark-up standard for specifying the encoding, structure and semantics of clinical documents for exchange. Medical Director will now accept CDA-based discharge summaries and specialist letters (reports).

The acute care sector is increasingly using CDA discharge summaries and Mr Frost said it was one of the most frequently requested benefits of eHealth.

He said today's release will enable over 5700 general and specialist practices nationally to start using Health Identifiers, facilitating rapid uptake of a foundation technology required to enable the PCEHR, which is scheduled to be delivered by July 1 this year.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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