MedicalDirector integrates Clinical platform with National Cancer Screening Register

Healthcare providers using MedicalDirector Clinical 4.0 can now access their patients’ bowel and cervical cancer screening data in the National Cancer Screening Register (NCSR) directly through their desktop software.

The MedicalDirector integration with the NCSR, which is is delivered by Telstra Health on behalf of the Australian government, follows a similar integration with Best Practice Software in January.

Telstra Health said the additional functionality will provide access to patient cancer screening information with a seamless interface from within patient records.

“This is a more efficient process for healthcare professionals, allowing them to more easily access the National Cancer Screening Register through the clinical software they use every day,” NCSR medical director Dorota Gertig said.

Healthcare providers can securely access a patient’s bowel and cervical screening program information to identify under-screened and never screened patients and receive notifications of overdue screenings for patient follow up.

They can also manage a patient’s participation in both programs, request bowel program test kits for eligible participants, and create and send digital program forms.

A practice manager at Trinity Clinic in Queensland has been using the new integrated system and found that clinicians have saved time as all the patient’s cancer screening information is accessible in MedicalDirector.

The practice manager said direct integration reduced the need to call the register and fax program forms.

“We have more time to talk to patients about screening, can quickly and easily pull up their bowel or cervical screening history, and, for example, order a bowel test kit for an overdue patient,” the manager said.

“Patients will benefit because their bowel and cervical screening information will be available directly via their patient record, prompting GPs to have important conversations about participating in these life-saving cancer screening programs.”

Telstra Health said the NCSR will continue to integrate with more clinical software platforms but the NCSR is also accessible through the Healthcare Provider Portal available via PRODA.

“Registers are an essential part of population-based cancer screening programs, inviting, reminding and following up participants for screening, as well as generating comprehensive data that informs future policy,” Professor Gertig said.

Posted in Australian eHealth

Tags: Telstra Health, MedicalDirector, National Cancer Screening Register

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