eHealth aims to introduce electronic services to improve on paper-based systems. With the right protections in place, the electronic management of your patient's health information has the potential to transform the way we currently do things, by improving the quality and safety of our healthcare system.
Zedmed is leading the way in the eHealth initiative, ensuring our software meets The Australian Government’s Practice Incentives Program eHealth incentive (ePIP)-
Integrated Healthcare Identifiers Compliant from v19
Secure Messaging Integration (Argus and Healthlink) Compliant from v21
Data Records and Clinical Coding - ICPC 2+ Compliant
Electronic Transfer of Prescriptions - eRx & Medisecure Compliant from v16
Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record-PCEHR Compliant from v20
Healthcare Identifiers (HI)
Using an individual healthcare identifier is a way for healthcare providers to correctly match the right records with the patient they are treating and improve accuracy when communicating patient information with other healthcare providers. This will help to avoid medical mix-ups and the recording of patient information on the wrong file.
There are three types of healthcare identifiers-
IHI’s have already been assigned to all individuals with Medicare or DVA numbers.
HPI-Is have already been assigned to practitioners registered with AHPRA, and can be obtained by contacting AHPRA.
Practices must register with the service to obtain an HPI-O.
Accurately identifying the healthcare practitioner and organisation to which information is being communicated is also of primary importance, and the introduction of unique identifiers for healthcare providers and their practices facilitates this.
More information can be found at Medicare or by calling 1300 361 457.
The Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR)
The PCEHR system is designed to allow the creation of electronic health records held centrally and controlled by the patients to whom they belong, which can be accessed by Healthcare Providers when required. The intent is to prevent patients having to remember complex medical history and relate it to every new Healthcare Provider involved in their care, and ensure that critical clinical information is available to clinicians when it is needed.
It is an opt in system, so patients will need to register to create their PCEHRs. Practices also need to register to obtain access to the PCEHR system and both view patient information and upload clinical documents to individual patient records.
Initially Shared Health Summaries which contain a snapshot of the clinical information for a patient at a particular point in time will be the main clinical document type to form part of the PCEHR. Discharge Summaries, eReferrals, Specialist Letters and Event Summaries will follow with other information such as Diagnostic Investigations in the pipeline as well.
Shared Health Summaries are prepared by patient's nominated healthcare provider, and contain such information as allergies, current medications, past history and immunisation records.