The following press release arrived today
11 August 2008
iHealth Care - a shot in the arm for better patient information transfer
The iHealth Care Directory will provide registered participants with free access to a comprehensive listing of GPs, specialists, allied health professionals, pharmacies and aged care facilities.
Using the highly secure messaging service provided by Medical-Objects, iHealth Care will also allow users to share relevant patient information electronically.
According to General Practice Queensland Board Chair, Dr John Kastrissios, the two new services will eliminate the need for traditional mail and facsimiles, improving the timeliness and accuracy of communication between practitioners.
“iHealth Care will dramatically increase the speed of communication between practitioners, providing virtually instantaneous access to information such as test results and other patient-specific data. This, in turn, will significantly reduce the amount of admin time spent at surgeries,” Dr Kastrissios said.
“The Directory allows doctors to search for and refer patients to the most appropriate service providers, while the secure messaging system will facilitate better communication between
“This is good news for patients. A better, more secure information and communication service across the State’s health sector will deliver more seamless care, so patients won’t have to endure the frustration and expense of attending consultations when test results haven’t arrived or clinical information is out of date.”
Medical-Objects Chief Executive Officer,
“Businesses use email as a standard part of daily communication with clients and colleagues, but it is an unsecured and risky way of transmitting highly confidential data. Now, doctors can use Medical-Objects’ secure medical messaging to send patient data over the Internet.
"It is not email-based, but rather a fit-for-purpose real time, secure clinical communication system. Every individual report can only be viewed by those who have been granted specific access," Mr Stephens said.
Similarly, access to the iHealth Care Directory is password protected and restricted to participating subscribers only, so the system cannot be misused.
“Together, these two iHealth Care services will connect
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General Practice Queensland
This seems to me to be a great way to demonstrate how much difference standardized secure communications between all the actors in the health system can make. Great effort on the part of all those involved to get to this stage! I really look forward to seeing a better Qld Health System a year or two from now as this is fully rolled out.