A private hospital in Queensland is looking to be one of the first facilities in the country to implement e-health records.
Mater Health Services has recently adapted their patient administration services platform to now facilitate communication with Medicare computer systems.
The not-for-profit health provider currently operates facilities for patients with and without private health insurance in south east Queensland and was the recipient of a Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) eHealth Site Grant from the Department of Health and Ageing in March 2011.
As part of the government initiative, each health provider must comply with national Health Identifiers Service and the Secure Messaging Delivery standards.
Mater's chief information officer Mal Thatcher said the Mater Shared Electronic Health Record (MSEHR) will ultimately integrate with and support the national PCEHR.
"The project will initially develop and implement a repository for obstetric information with access for maternity patients, internal clinicians and affiliated external healthcare providers," Mr Thatcher said.
The new system has been in a testing phase at Mater's Brisbane facility since December, with an average of 500 information requests being sent to Medicare per day.
Testing will continue until April, with patient enrolment commencing at the end of that month – ahead of the June 30 deadline.