Canterbury health body buys text reminder system

Patients will get healthcare updates and appointment reminders via text

The Canterbury Primary Health Organisation Alliance, a grouping of Canterbury health organisations, has signed a deal with moble health IT specialist Vensa Health to provide Vensa's TXT2Remind service to GPs and other health professionals in the area covered by the alliance.

The GPs and other healthcare providers collectively service 480,000 people in the Canterbury region.

In a statement announcing the deal, Mark Liddle, primary healthcare manager at Partnership Health, which is part of the alliance, says: "“TXT2R will help simplify the process for General Practices to contact patients and notify them of upcoming appointments, immunisations and other scheduled interventions and procedures. We see making Vensa Health’s system available to General Practice teams as a way to help support communication with patients.”

The system will be particularly helpful for vaccinations, Liddle says.

“The systematic precall and recall of vaccinations is a key component in achieving and maintaining high immunisation rates. The new messaging system will help practices maximise vaccination opportunities. Childhood immunisation, HPV and flu vaccinations are all examples of nationwide programmes that can benefit from the use of this system.”

Improvements in diabetes management are also expected from the new system.

According to the statement, the first 50 member practices in the Canterbury PHO Alliance are expected to be using Vensa Health’s TXT2Remind system by the end of October with a another roll out scheduled later in the year.

The Canterbury PHO Alliance is comprised of Partnership Health Canterbury, Christchurch PHO, Canterbury Community PHO, and Rural Canterbury PHO, which incorporated Hurunui Kaikoura PHO.

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