AMA wants tight e-health software deadline extended

By 1 February, all practices wanting to claim the e-PIP will have to have verified their software's compliance, a deadline the AMA said was too narrow for many.

NeHTA last week confirmed an online application process for practices to apply for Department of Human Services National Authentication Service for Health – known as HPI-O certificates and which provide validation that a practice's software is compliant with the requirements – would not include the newly expanded terms and conditions until 10 December.

With just 40 business days left to meet the deadline, Dr Hambleton told MO the compliance deadline needed to be extended to allow practices adequate time to ensure their software and upgrades met all the requirements.

“The AMA supports the PCEHR, but we also support fair and orderly processes to allow general practices to properly prepare for its full implementation,” Dr Hambleton said in a statement.