NEHTA reduces time and effort for vendors connecting to the PCEHR

The National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) has today published revised guidelines for software vendors that will reduce the time and effort of integrating their products with the Personally Controlled E-Health Records (PCEHR).

The Conformance, Compliance and Accreditation (CCA) Governance Group and NEHTA have listened to and acted on feedback from the health software industry and state and territory governments about the need to make this process quicker and more accessible.

However, vendors have previously undergone a ‘Conformance, Compliance and Accreditation (CCA) process’ to obtain approval to connect to the PCEHR which involved NEHTA observing vendor self-assessments. Under the new guidelines, from 1 July 2015, NEHTA will no longer observe vendor self-assessments. Instead, vendors will ‘self-declare’ conformance to PCEHR specifications directly to the Department of Health as PCEHR System Operator under a new ‘Conformance, Compliance and Declaration (CCD) process’.

Help and assistance will continue to be available from NEHTA to guide software vendors confidently through the new process.

These changes are intended to improve the timeliness and affordability of connecting to the PCEHR for vendors by leveraging existing software development and processes within vendors and implementing organisations. NEHTA will continue to provide support to vendors and implementers through expert staff advice, as well as an improved website and testing tools.

Connection requirements for conformance and compliance with non-PCEHR services, for example HI Service and Notice of Connection requirements for the PCEHR will remain unchanged.

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Alison Sweeney Manager Media and Public Affairs 02 8298 2669 / 0414 187 350 [email protected]