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New Zealand Health’s Success with New GP Electronic System
Source: http://www.futuregov.asia
Source Date: Thursday, January 09, 2014
Focus: ICT for MDGs
Country: New Zealand
Created: Jan 13, 2014

General Practitioners (GP) in New Zealand can now easily receive information about new patients from their previous GP thanks to a new secure electronic system called GP2GP put in place by the government.

Health Minister, Tony Ryall, noted that transferring medical records between GPs can be a lengthy process, but GP2GP makes the process faster and easier.

Funded by the government, it is now being used by more than 80 per cent of New Zealand’s general practices. Last year nearly 220,000 files were transferred electronically through the system.

“In the past when patients changed doctors, their medical records would have to be printed out or photocopied, and mailed to the new practice. They then had to be re-entered into the new practice’s electronic patient management system,” he said.

“GP2GP allows different practice management systems to ‘talk’ to each other, meaning patient records can now be transferred securely at the touch of a button.”

Wellington GP, Chris Masters, shared, “Registering new people into the practice is so much easier with GP2GP.”

“It means we can catch up on screening and any tests a patient might be due for much more quickly. I also know in advance if a patient is likely to need more of my attention - if they’re a diabetic, for instance.”

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