GP software vendors offered e-health funds

The National E-health Transition Authority (NEHTA) yesterday put out a call for clinical desktop software suppliers to test and tweak standards for the planned electronic health record at implementation sites in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

The National E-health Transition Authority (NEHTA) yesterday put out a call for clinical desktop software suppliers to test and tweak standards for the planned electronic health record at implementation sites in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

The request for proposal aims to form a panel of vendors who will build e-health standards and specifications into their general practice desktop products and give feedback. The standards and specifications are currently being worked on by NEHTA.

The government will pay the panellists to help offset the costs of software modification, part when the software is changed to conform to standards and part when general practices take up the product in the implementation sites.

The vendors would receive a "finite set of technical specifications" between December 2010 and March 2011, from which time they would be expected to embed the specifications into their products.

NEHTA is holding an industry briefing at the Marriott hotel in Sydney on 24 November.

The Federal Government has pledged $466 million over two years to build the first phase of a personally-controlled e-health record for Australians.

The Department of Health and Ageing had already announced initial sites to test components of the planned electronic health record system in Brisbane, Melbourne and the Hunter Valley.

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