Health workers in the Waikato DHB region are now just one click away from patient health information held in the general practice or hospital systems. Hospital doctors and nurses, GPs and practice nurses, community pharmacists, midwives and certain St John’s staff are all included in the latest electronic sharing initiative from Waikato DHB.
Important health information such as medications, diagnoses, immunisation status, test results and in some cases consultation notes are available in the shared GP record. The hospital system contains the patient’s full hospital record.
Waikato DHB’s clinical director of primary and integrated care, and Hamilton GP, Dr Damian Tomic, said: “This means many health professionals in the Waikato will now have access to important and relevant patient information at the point of care. This is a major step forward in patient safety.
Having easy access to GP records lets hospital healthcare workers make more informed decisions and also avoids things like duplicating tests.”
He said the initiative follows the one click access to hospital patient records given to all GPs in the Waikato last year. That means that GPs can see blood test results, letters, x-rays, hospital discharge summaries and future hospital appointments.
“It’s a great example of the sector working together to improve care provided to our population,” said Dr Tomic.