Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Do You Reckon This Success In New Zealand Might Just Help Reshape Our Digital Health Strategy? A Critical Post I Believe!
This appeared a few days ago:
November 21, 2016 2PM Shannon Williams
Nearly a quarter of a million New Zealanders are now using a patient portal to access their health information, the Government has revealed.
In 2015, a $3 million funding boost gave more New Zealanders access to patient portals, included $500,000 for an awareness campaign.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says it great to see a significant increase in portal users.
“Patient portals enable patients to manage aspects of their own healthcare such as booking appointments, requesting repeat prescriptions and messaging clinical staff directly,” says Coleman.
“It’s great to see the number of patient portal users significantly increase from around 175,000 in June 2016 to over 241,300 in September 2016 – a 38% increase in just over three months,” he says.
Coleman says the number of practices offering a portal service has also increased over this period, from 335 to 423 - a rise of 27%.
Compared with September 2015, the number of portal users increased by around 160%, and practices offering portals increased by 56%.
“Patients can now access their personal health information whenever they need it,” says Coleman.
Well what a surprise!
Provide patients will a portal that is useful to get repeats, make appointments, check results and communicate with clinicians and they use it. Who would have guessed. Provide a myHR with none of this after 5 years of development and it gets ignored – amazing….
Maybe the myHR system should be re-designed to deliver what patients want. Is this not what the consultation should be showing?
If these points are not addressed it will be clear to all we are having a Clayton’s consultation process!
Posted by Dr David More MB PhD FACHI at Tuesday, November 29, 2016