Now all DHBs in the South Island have access to HealthOne allowing general practice teams, hospital clinicians, pharmacists and a growing number of community providers access to shared information including test results, allergies, medications, previous hospital admissions and appointments and medical imaging.
It’s a significant achievement given the Government has been grappling for years to try to establish a national electronic health record.
Southern DHB chief medical officer Nigel Millar told delegates at last week’s RNZCGP conference that HealthOne is not an electronic health record, rather, it is a summary of patient information.
However, he later acknowledged in an interview with New Zealand Doctor that potentially there is no reason why an electronic health record could not be developed from this embryo.
One e-health system, how about one PMS?
HealthOne was initially developed through a partnership between Canterbury DHB, Pegasus Health and Orion Health and has been rolled out across the south via the Southern DHBs’ alliance.
Canterbury DHB’s general manager of planning, funding and decision support, Carolyn Gullery, told New Zealand Doctor in June that it costs about $2.4 million a year to run, but she expected that figure may reduce once the system is operating in all South Island DHBs.
Now that there is one shared electronic patient records system, New Zealand Doctor asked Ms Gullery today whether she considers one practice management system (PMS) for the South Island is the next step, but she says this is not a critical factor.