Roundup: EpiSoft’s online IFC, payments process goes live in St John of God Health Care and more briefs

St John of God Health Care adopts online IFC, payments process by EpiSoft

St John of God Health Care has implemented EpiSoft’s online Informed Financial Consent and payments process for patients.

These features are the latest addition to its epi-me online patient admissions portal, also by EpiSoft. It has also been integrated with the hospital group’s web-based PAS.

These additions provide “significant efficiency improvement” for hospitals. It allows staff to prepare a patient’s estimate of fees from the webPAS, which is then automatically exported to epi-me where it is presented alongside a National Claim Form. 

After capturing their online IFC, a patient can choose to securely pay any out-of-hospital pocket costs, including credit card pre-authorisation for any incidentals they might incur during their admission. The electronically signed documents and payment receipt are then returned to the webPAS to automatically update the patient’s account as paid.

“Enabling patients to complete their IFC, National Claim Form, and make payments via the portal streamlines the admission process for them and for our admissions team,” said Debbie Hoddy, patient admission manager at St John of God Health Care.

ADHA begins transition to new Health API Gateway

The Australian Digital Health Agency has begun moving to a new Health API Gateway this week.

The new Health API Gateway replaces the current Oracle API Gateway to facilitate connections to My Health Record.

The full rollout of the new health information gateway is expected to take between 2-3 weeks, according to ADHA’s update.

Last year, the agency awarded Deloitte the contract to develop the health information gateway, which will provide a “secure and scalable platform for exchanging and accessing health information.” It is based on modern web services and standards for HIE such as FHIR.

Medi-Map’s platform approved for use in Western Australia

An electronic medication management system by Medi-Map has been approved for use in Western Australia as part of a closed electronic prescribing system between a residential aged care facility (RACF) and a pharmacy.

The Medi-Map Medication Management system has been deemed transitionally conformant under the Electronic National Residential Medication Chart (eNRMC) Transition Agreement. 

Following this accreditation, Medi-Map will still have to provide greater detail around governance and staff access to its system, procedures, and a demonstration of its use as a closed system. 

Since 2018, RACFs around the country have been trying out eNRMC-conformant products with the aim of making them available nationwide.