Invitation to Participate in the SMD-POD Project

NEHTA is pleased to invite Secure Messaging Vendors to participate in the Secure Message Delivery – Proof of Inter-connectivity and Deployment (SMD-POD) project. The purpose of the project is to provide financial assistance to Secure Messaging Vendors to "provide proof that standards-based secure messaging can be deployed in a scalable way, utilising National Infrastructure Services, and to also demonstrate that different conformant Secure Messaging Vendor products are capable of interconnecting within the Australian Primary Care sector and with other healthcare providers".

General Practice is a key sector; the inter-connectivity to other healthcare providers is vital because GPs communicate with each other and also to others, such as Medical Specialists and Allied Health Professionals. In addition, hospitals with gateways can also introduce Secure Messaging to the customers of all participating Secure Messaging Vendors. This activity will allow more healthcare providers to participate and use technology (eHealth).

NEHTA is seeking secure messaging vendors who can meet the following criteria:

  • Have an established Australian user base greater than fifty (50) installations in general practices, in two (2) or more non-geographically connected locations;
  • Are capable of connecting to the Healthcare Identifiers (HI) Service for the purposes of accessing a healthcare provider organisation’s end-point; and
  • Are capable of both sending and receiving referrals to and letters from specialists.

Having met the above criteria, Secure Messaging Vendors who successfully complete  conformance testing through a facility accredited under National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA)† to Standards Australia technical specifications* by 9pm (Sydney time) 31 January 2013 will have the costs charged by the laboratory reimbursed by NEHTA.

Additional funding of $15,000 plus GST, will be paid to Secure Messaging Vendors who have achieved the required NATA accreditation and provide written proof that all of the five (5) requirements below have been achieved by 9pm (Sydney time) 31 January 2013.

  1. Successful completion of conformance testing by a National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA)-accredited testing facility, demonstrating conformance to the Standards Australia technical specifications for SMD ATS 5822-2010, NATA classification 22.40.01, (please note that this is a current Compliance, Conformance and Accreditation (CCA) and Practice Incentives Program eHealth Incentive requirement for SMD);
  2. Successful completion of inter-connectivity testing with the NEHTA reference platform test environment and with at least two (2) other conformant products as defined in requirement 1 above, (please note it is intended that this requirement will  be added to the CCA requirement for SMD);
  3. Successful deployment and commissioning of their conformant secure messaging product to a minimum of twenty five (25) Australian General Practices and a minimum of five (5) non General Practice, out of hospital Australian healthcare providers;
  4. Successful field demonstration of inter-connectivity, at two or more non-geographically connected reference sites, with a minimum of two (2) other deployed and conformant SMD products for a test clinical scenario defined by NEHTA; and
  5. A report detailing evidence of deployments completed to 31 January 2013 as well as a commitment to provide monthly deployment reports until 30 June 2013, and quarterly reports to 30 June 2014.

Please note the SMD CCA scheme requires testing to be conducted by a NATA accredited test lab. The SMD POD will provide assistance to SMD vendors to achieve SMD CCA.

It is not intended that this project will reimburse the full costs associated with developing, implementing and supporting conformant solutions, rather, it is intended that the funding provided by NEHTA will offset a portion of the costs that Secure Messaging Vendors will incur through participating in the SMD-POD.

If you wish to participate in the SMD-POD you must advise your intention to participate by no later than 9pm (Sydney time) 30 November 2012, by sending a written notification to the SMD-POD project manager at [email protected]

Please read the Terms and Conditions. NEHTA will use webinars and other methods of communication to provide information to interested Secure Messaging Vendors.

For more information on this project, please contact Alby Creevey on: 0419 478 650, or via email at  [email protected]

†NATA classification 22.40.01
*Standards Australia technical specifications for SMD ATS 5822-2010