Emergency department-GP data sharing project goes live
- 12 April, 2011 22:00
Electronic health data specialist HealthLink has gone live with a project that enables hospital emergency department clinicians to request key information for general practitioners’ systems.
Chief executive Tom Bowden says Care Insight is a new technology that will enable a hospital emergency department to get an accurate and up-to-date record of a patient’s current condition, including a detailed explanation of what drugs have been prescribed by the general practice.
The system also has the ability to request a dispensing record from local pharmacies.
Bowden says HealthLink has been focusing also on electronic referrals between primary and secondary care.
“Our e-Referrals system is being used in four district health board regions, and by September the Auckland District Health Board e-referrals project is expected to have gone live across all of Auckland’s 450 general practices.
“We’ve also been involved for the past two years in a collaborative project with Aotea Pathology in Wellington. Since December, an electronic pathology ordering system has been in pilot at a small number of general practices.
“The system is going very well and will be rolled out across Wellington from the middle of the year.”