Online medical info provider signs up northern GPs

Healthpoint aims to have around 400 GP practices in Northland and Auckland on board by the end of the year

Healthpoint, a provider of emergency planning tools for GP practices, has signed up 130 GP practices across Northland and Auckland.

The Northern Region District Health Boards Support Agency struck a deal with Healthpoint last year, under which general practices in the region would begin using the system.

The goal is for all GPs in the region to be signed up by the end of this year.

The number of GP practices in the region is approximately 400, so that leaves around 270 to be linked in to the system before the end of the year.

Healthpoint is a web-based product, built in Java. Its database was built and is maintained by Auckland IT services firm Cactuslab.

It consists of a series of planning templates, allowing GP practices and other health sector organisations to set up a major incident plan and plan and contingency plan.

The online plans are accessed via a secure log-in and are also intended to be held in hard copy form at the health organisation’s premises.

Northern Region District Health Boards Support Agency emergency planning manager Andy Wisheart says “The planning process assists general practices to better prepare for, respond to and recover from the effects of events which threaten their ability to continue to care for patients.

“Recent natural disasters have once again highlighted how important it is to have plans and systems in place disaster strikes.”

Healthpoint also provides general information about health services, for both healthcare professionals and patients, through other online tools besides the emergency planning one.

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