Practice managers promote MedView, endorse ePrescribing

The Australian Association of Practice Managers (AAPM) has joined the MedView Wave 2 PCEHR project and will promote it to members as a practical way to improve the efficiency of their practices.

AAPM president Brett McPherson said MedView represented a big advance in medicines management and described ePrescribing as a vital link in the secure sharing of consented data.

He said AAPM supports initiatives that will improve clinical efficiency and ePrescribing is an obvious area that will assist.

The MedView project is building a national medicines repository to present healthcare providers with a combined list of prescribed and dispensed medications collected from patients in the community, hospital and aged care settings.

The consented data will be securely shared with the national repository through eRx Script Exchange.

A number of practice and pharmacy management software vendors are part of the project, including Fred IT Group, Best Practice Software, Zedmed, Simple Retail, BOSSnet, and Pharmhos, along with aged care software vendor iCare and the Geelong Division of General Practice, Barwon Health and numerous pharmacies in the Geelong area.

The AAPM will encouraging members to take part and provide assistance in applying for Healthcare Provider Identifier – Organisation (HPI-O) and Healthcare Provider Identifier – Individual (HPI-I) numbers, AAPM eHealth marketing officer, Hugh Miller, said.

“What we want to do for practice managers is to improve the uptake of the Healthcare Identifiers Service,” Mr Miller said. “That's been one of our main goals for a while, and we see this project and what MedView wants to achieve as a really good, practical reason for practices to sign up to the HI Service.”

Mr McPherson said the association had already seen significant interest in ePrescribing. “However, for practice managers who have not yet embraced ePrescribing, this is the time to do so as one of the key steps towards eHealth.”

MedView is a federal government-funded industry partnership and is a Wave 2 implementation site for the PCEHR. The Fred IT Group is leading the project.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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