Midlands eReferrals hit 500,000 mark

More than half a million electronic referrals have been sent between general practices, community specialists and hospitals in NZ's midland region since 2010.

The eReferral system first went live in June 2010 and was designed by the Midlands Health Network in association with the Best Practice Advocacy Centre (BPAC) and primary and secondary healthcare practitioners.

GPs can automatically populate the referrals through their patient management systems and send them in the appropriate format.

Midlands Health Network CEO John Macaskill-Smith said the BPAC eReferral system allows for the electronic transfer of information between primary, community and secondary healthcare providers and enables real-time updates on how the eReferral is being managed.

“Almost all eReferrals now contain the right information which may have been previously missing,” Mr Macaskill-Smith said. “The 500,000 achievement is evidence that this is a system the GPs see value in and enjoy using.”

Over 180 general practices across five midland DHBs are using the system, with over 180 service providers receiving eReferrals. Over 19,000 eReferrals are made each month.

Mr Macaskill-Smith said enhancements were planned for the system, including integrating clinical pathways into the referral platform.

Posted in New Zealand eHealth

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