Bredenkamp returns to Patients First as CTO

Andre Bredenkamp has joined Patients First as its chief technology officer, having worked in the past on several projects for the organisation including the GP2GP electronic notes transfer product and the New Zealand ePrescription Service (NZePS).

Most recently country manager for Australia with HSAGlobal, Mr Bredenkamp has a long history in ICT in South Africa and New Zealand. He first began work in the health sector in 2005, when he worked on the migration of the Hutt District Health Board breast screening system to Orion Health's Soprano system.

He also worked for Gen-i, the ICT services unit of NZ Telecom, now known as Spark.

Patients First CEO Jayden MacRae said Mr Bredenkamp had a great deal of institutional knowledge about the organisation and primary and secondary care information programs.

Working in collaboration with GP software companies, Mr Bredenkamp helped to deliver the GP2GP electronic notes transfer product in 2011. He has also contributed to the NZePS, an initiative designed to improve patient service and experience when collecting prescribed medicines.

“One of the keys to improved healthcare is sharing of critical information with the right people at the right time,” Mr Bredenkamp said. “I am looking forward to building on my established base in Patients First, and supporting integration between the various systems to deliver the promise of integrated care.”

Patients First specialises in facilitating information system integration and promoting quality information frameworks. The GP2GP system enables the electronic transfer of patient records between general practice and is used about 30,000 times each month.

The NZePS delivers electronic prescriptions directly to pharmacies, resulting in a reduction of transcription effort and improved accuracy of content. The NZePS pilot in 2012 was a collaboration between Patients First, My Practice, Healthsoft and Simpl.

Posted in New Zealand eHealth

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