Secure messaging service companies Argus and Medical-Objects have announced what they claim is the first live demonstration of inter-connectivity under the NEHTA SMD Proof of Inter-connectivity Demonstration (POD) project.

Part of the project requires vendors to demonstrate inter-connectivity of their messaging products between two or more sites, ensuring they connect with a minimum of two other deployed and conformant SMD products.

Argus general manager Ross Davey and Medical-Objects general manager Lynden Crawford said in a joint statement that Argus had deployed software in the Ararat Medical Centre in Victoria, and successfully interchanged HL7 messages with the North Rise Medical Centre in Queensland, which uses Medical-Objects.

According to NEHTA, the SMD-POD initiative was established in November 2012 to €œprovide proof that standards-based secure messaging can be deployed in a scalable way”, using national infrastructure services, and to also demonstrate that different secure messaging products are capable of interconnecting within the Australian primary care sector and with other healthcare providers.

The Argus/Medical-Objects interconnectivity demonstration in Victoria and Queensland forms part of this fourth requirement for the two companies.
“This is a great achievement between Medical-Objects and Argus,” Mr Crawford said. “Working towards implementing inter-connectivity in a standards-based way can only benefit healthcare delivery.

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