NEHTA gets mobile at Wave sites

The National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) has launched a new information campaign to inform health professionals about how the foundations of the PCEHR and other eHealth initiatives will work.

Aimed at the healthcare workforce rather than consumers at this stage, a Model Healthcare Community (MHC) truck is being sent around the country to explain eHealth initiatives.

A NEHTA spokesman said the MHC truck will visit the Wave 1 and 2 sites for the implementation of the PCEHR to tap into their local networks of health professionals.

“Then we will slowly branch out to different areas – perhaps to networks covering individual chronic diseases or aged care to inform them,” the spokesman said.

“There will be a little bit of local media around each appearance and we can accommodate consumers, but it is mainly aimed at healthcare professionals.”

The first stop for the truck is the Hobson's Bay Health Precinct in Altona North on Sunday, March 18. It will be parked in front of the Circle Surgery on Millers Road from 10.30am to noon.

NEHTA CEO Peter Fleming said the MHC would provide a hands-on look at eHealth. “It is an interactive and dynamic display that showcases the NEHTA eHealth foundations and solutions,” he said.

NEHTA and the Australian Association of Practice Managers (AAPM) have also got together to produce an eHealth brochure for practice managers explaining the different components of eHealth, including the Healthcare Identifier Service, secure messaging, eReferrals and eDischarge summaries and the PCEHR.

The AAPM is also running a National eHealth Roadshow specifically for practice managers and staff, beginning later this month.

It will inform practices about how the Healthcare Identifier Service will work and integrate into medical software and how to register practices for the service.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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