GP Access to support the rollout of hospital messaging

A group of NSW hospitals will begin using a secure electronic messaging system from March.

Newcastle-based GP Access (formerly the Hunter Urban Division of GPs) and the Hunter Rural Division of Rural Practice are working to connect the 17 hospitals in the Hunter/New England area to the electronic messaging system.

GP Access chief information officier Chris Scott said hospital staff would use the electronic messaging system to send out discharge referrals and patient letters.

He said the move would benefit both health professionals and patients.

GP Access chief executive officer Mark Foster agreed.

“Increased reliability in the information sent between hospitals and GPs will mean people will not be sent home from hospital without their GP knowing what has happened during the patient’s stay,” Dr Foster said.

“About 25 per cent of a doctor’s time can be spent collecting patient information, so a system that can speed up this process has to be of benefit to the GP.”

Posted in Australian eHealth

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