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PITUS-15-16 Project

Pathology Information, Terminology and Units Standardisation (PITUS-15-16) Project will continue the standardisation of pathology requesting and reporting. This project is fully funded by the Department of Health.

The PITUS-15-16 Steering Committee will oversee and co-ordinate the project. All key stakeholders have been engaged and are represented on the on the Steering committee.

The project activities have been split across 6 working groups:

  1. Standards development and publishing for safe electronic publishing of standards, models and terminology with NEHTA and HL7.au.
  2. Safety in pathology reporting to ensure all critical information required in a report is transmitted safely.
  3. Request and report terminology to streamline the use of APUTS requesting and reporting terminology.
  4. Request modelling to improve requesting of genetic tests.
  5. Report modelling for safe atomic reporting to registries.
  6. Informatics quality assurance to develop a quality assurance protocol that can be used by accrediting bodies to assist with compliance. 

Aim

The aim of the PITUS-15-16 Project is to drive development of informatics standards for safer and better pathology requesting and reporting, and facilitate the uptake of these standards by pathology practices and their customers. This standardisation work aligns with the renamed MyHealth Record administered by the Department of Health.  

Governance

The governance model for this project provides a structure through the provision of professional knowledge and advice. The key roles:

Steering Committee

Working Groups

There are 6 working groups:

  1. Standards development and publishing (wg1)
  2. Safety in pathology reporting (wg2)
  3. Request and report terminology (wg3)
  4. Request modelling (wg4)
  5. Report modelling (wg5)
  6. Informatics quality assurance (wg6)

Stakeholders

The key stakeholders for the PITUS-15-16 Project are:
  1. Pathology Profession - The pathology profession is represented through the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) and the other members of the Pathology Associations Council (PAC) www.pathology.med.pro. The profession will define and endorse the implementation of this project.

  2. NEHTA NCTIS - The National Clinical Terminology and Information Service (NCTIS) within the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) is responsible for managing, developing and distributing SNOMED CT in Australia.

  3. HL7 Australia - provides the main link to HL7 standards development.

  4. Customers - The customers include healthcare consumers eg Clinicians and associated healthcare providers; Researchers; Health software developers and knowledge resource, developers; Local Terminology & Information Integrators and Clinical Terminology & Information Users.

  5. Funding - The project has received funding from the Australian Department of Health (DoH).

  6. Collaborators

  • PAC Members, besides the RCPA, collaborating in the project include:

The Australian & New Zealand Society of Blood Transfusion;
Australian Association of Clinical Biochemists;
Australian Association of Pathology Practices;
Australian Institute of Medical Scientists;
Australian Society for Microbiology; Australian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy;
Australian Society of Cytology;
Endocrine Society of Australia;
Haematology Society of Australia and New Zealand;
Health Informatics Society of Australia;
Human Genetics Society of Australasia;
International Academy of Pathology Limited and the National Coalition of Public Pathology.

  • Health Informatics and industry associations are represented by: HL7 Australia; IHTSDO representatives; NEHTA; HISA, HIMAA, MSIA, AIIA and others.
  • Government agencies and authorities; ACSQHC, AIHW, Cancer Australia, Health Departments, Registries.

Key deliverables

Newsletter and publications

PITUS Update newsletters:

RCPA Pathology Information, Terminology and Units Standardisation Project - April 2016 - Issue 6

RCPA Pathology Information, Terminology and Units Standardisation Project - April 2016 - Issue 5

RCPA Pathology Information, Terminology and Units Standardisation Project - Sept 2015 - Issue 4

Poster submitted to the Roche Scientific Poster Display(Pathology Update 2016):

Informatics standards for better safer pathology reporting and requesting

Note: The above is a published abstract in Pathology, The Journal of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia [Volume 48 Supplement 1, pS107].

Status

Status:  In progress (Started 29 July 2015)