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PITUS-15-16 Project

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

The PITUS-15-16 Steering Committee co-ordinated the project. All key stakeholders were represented 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 Australian Digital Health Agency and HL7 Australia.
  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 pathology 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. 

Status

Status: Completed (April 2017).

The Pathology Information, Terminology and Units Standardisation (PITUS 15-16) project team would like to thank the 70 pathologists, GPs, other clinicians, scientists and informaticians who contributed to the PITUS-15-16 Project and were responsible for its body of work.

Publications

Standards for Pathology Informatics in Australia (SPIA)
The RCPA Board of Directors have officially endorsed the Standards for Pathology Informatics in Australia (SPIA) and associated information models and terminology reference sets, following internal and public review and endorsement from all of the main stakeholders.

To download the Standards for Pathology Informatics in Australia (SPIA) and associated information models and terminology reference sets go to the Downloads page.

Australian Pathology Messaging - Localisation of HL7 Version 2.4

The PITUS 15-16 Project collaborated with HL7 Australia to developed the Australian Pathology Messaging - Localisation of HL7 v2.4, Release 1 was a localisation of the HL7 International messaging standards, which will provide the required information for implementers of electronic pathology messaging in one document.

Poster at Pathology Update 2016

A poster was submitted to the Roche Scientific Poster Display at 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].