Zedmed to allow multi-disciplinary sharing of progress notes

Clinical and practice management software provider Zedmed is set to launch a new function called Clinician GroupShare, which will give users the option to restrict access to progress notes across different clinical groups.

Currently in beta testing, the new feature is designed for multi-disciplinary settings. Zedmed sales and marketing manager Rosemary Lloyd said Clinician GroupShare would also enable clinics to better comply with patient confidentiality requirements.

“In a multi-disciplinary setting where patients are all accessed from one database, it may not always be necessary or even appropriate for some clinician groups to see the progress notes written by clinicians of other clinician groups,” Ms Lloyd said.

“For example, GPs will typically choose to share the patient progress notes with other GPs in their practice, but they may consider it unnecessary for the allied health practitioners to see the GP notes. Conversely it will remain appropriate for the GP to see what the physios record in their progress notes.”

Similarly, psychiatrists and psychologists may prefer that no one but themselves see progress notes written for patient consultations, she said.

The new function will give users the option to group practitioners and share or restrict access to progress notes across groups. “A group may consist of just one practitioner, for example one psychologist, or several GPs or several physios,” she said.

Ms Lloyd said the new feature had been requested by several multi-disciplinary sites and is expected to be released in May.

“A further enhancement to this feature is currently in development for those situations where it is entirely appropriate that the complete patient record is accessible to only one clinician. Called the Record Lock, this feature is anticipated for release later in 2014.”

Clinician GroupShare will also provide users with the ability to produce financial and revenue reports for each group, saving time for the practice management staff, she said.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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