Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record System Operator: Annual Report 2012-2013

5.3 Interactions with third party software vendors

Page last updated: 10 April 2014

Software vendors are important to the eHealth record system since they provide the software that enables healthcare providers to update eHealth records.

Interaction with software vendors occurs when they apply for access to the eHealth record system testing environment. Their connection to the eHealth record production system is dependent on their successful completion of ‘Notice of Connection’ testing overseen by NIO and ‘Compliance, Conformance and Accreditation’ testing of clinical documents overseen by NEHTA. Once this testing is successfully completed, DoHA grants the software product (and its specific version number) access to the eHealth record production system.

In 2012-13 twenty-six software vendors modified their software to be compliant with, and allow access to, the eHealth record system. Of these vendors, fourteen represent clinical information systems used by general practitioners (GP) – covering over 90% of GP practices, six represent systems used in a hospital setting, four represent systems used in aged care settings and two represent systems used in pharmacy settings.