The health records of all Victorians will be consolidated and accessible throughout the state’s public health system in 2020, with the announcement that an Orion Health/NextGate partnership has signed on to help transform the statewide ICT systems.

As part of its Health ICT strategic framework, the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services has signed up the technology companies to implement the Enterprise Master Patient Index technology throughout the public health sector, including an EMPI specifically deployed for the Parkville Precinct.

The significant project will form a core component of the state’s health infrastructure, according to Dr David Dembo, General Manager of Orion Health Australia.

“As the foundational component for enabling statewide information exchange across DHHS, our EMPI will serve as a catalyst for improved care collaboration, healthier communities, and a better patient experience,” Dembo told Healthcare IT News Australia.

The ambitious roll-out will connect up the health agencies throughout the state via a central source of truth.

“The local patient indexes from all Victorian health agencies will be connected into a central repository and details will be matched and managed centrally across the state. All new patient registrations and patient detail updates will be submitted to the MatchMetrix system, which will manage the source of truth for all participating agencies.”

The project, which will see the companies collaborating with MKM Health, faces the challenge of interfacing with different systems containing disparate data qualities.

“The implementation will leverage existing HL7 and web service interfaces that have previously been deployed across the state. The use and definition of standard code sets will also be a challenge, especially across the different source systems that are used across the state. Data quality across existing systems is expected to vary considerably and a rollout plan is being created in order to manage the onboarding process,” Dembo said.

The outcome in two years will be an integrated data sharing network that revolutionises current practices and benefits patient safety.

“Coordinated, patient-centered care relies on seamlessly orchestrated access to data. Disparate information trapped in silos across multiple systems and settings hinders data quality, resulting in suboptimal health outcomes and avoidable costs of care. Access to comprehensive patient data is essential for driving informed clinical decision-making and delivering care quality and efficiency.”




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