01 September 2016

Additional Practice Launches Shared Care Record Access


From the 1st of September approximately 5,300 additional patients will have a Shared Care Record, as Coastal Medical Rooms join the programme. The addition of this practice means that 88% of people living in the Wellington, Kapiti, Porirua and Hutt Valley districts will now have a Shared Care Record.

01 June 2016

Additional Practices Launch Shared Care Record Access

From the 1st of June approximately 16,000 additional patients will have a Shared Care Record, as Khandallah Medical Centre and Tawa Medical Centre join the programme. The addition of these practices means that 86% of people living in the Wellington, Kapiti, Porirua and Hutt Valley districts will now have a Shared Care Record.

20 April 2016

Sharing your Laboratory Information

You may be interested in learning of another information sharing system which is now available in the Wellington, Wairarapa and Hutt Valley regions.

There has been a recent change in laboratory provider in the Wellington, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa regions, with Wellington SCL now managing all laboratory services across the districts.

As part of this change the Capital & Coast, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa DHB's required the new provider to establish a Clinical Data Repository (CDR) where all laboratory results are automatically placed. This means that your test results from Wellington SCL may be available to healthcare providers from the Hutt Valley District Health Board, Capital & Coast District Health Board and some community providers (such as GPs, private specialists and midwives)

If you do not wish for other health providers to have access to your Laboratory Record, you can opt-out by phoning 04 381 5975.

Click here to visit the Wellington SCL website to find out more.

01 December 2015

Whanganui Share Health Information Between Services

From December 2015, authorised Whanganui Accident & Medical clinical staff will be able to view a summary of the health information held by a patient’s GP. Whanganui DHB Chief Medical Officer Dr Frank Rawlinson says that within the next six months the Whanganui Hospital will also be able to access this same information.

“Having access to additional patient records will help improve the whole system. It makes information sharing and subsequent care more timely, safe and efficient,” Dr Rawlinson says.

“Health providers often need to share information about patients. Traditionally we’ve done this on paper or by phone, but paper is too slow, and colleagues may not be available to talk in the middle of the night. Online 24-hour access to on-screen summaries from General Practice will be a great improvement in clinical safety.”

“This is just the start of electronic sharing between primary and secondary services, and the hope is that it will only broaden in the future.”

The new online access to the Shared Care Record means health providers can safely and easily obtain a summary of patient information through a secure connection. Your information is completely protected, as the security is similar to internet banking. Information can only be accessed by authorised health professionals and access is audited to maintain confidentiality.

Whanganui Regional Health Network Clinical Director and Bulls Medical Centre GP Dr Ken Young says the Shared Care Record will be beneficial to both patients and health professionals; and additionally supportive to regional patients, as health information will also be available at MidCentral after-hours clinics.

“If any patients from Whanganui regional practices need to attend after-hours in Palmerston North, that centre will have access to the patient’s General Practice information and this will be a huge support with diagnosis and treatment,” Dr Young says.

The software being utilised is a New Zealand built product called ManageMyHealth™ and has been used in other parts of the country, including the Wellington region for several years. It enables authorised health providers to easily access a summary of patient information through a secure web-browser connection. The clinical information available includes the patients’ prescribed medications, allergies, test results and diagnoses.

“It’s important to know that individual patients can ‘opt out’ if they do not want the selected information of their primary care health record shared with hospital staff, through the Shared Care Record process,” Dr Young says.

“If patients do not want their health information shared in this way they can tell their general practice, write to a freepost address or free phone 0800 SCR MMH or 0800 727 664. However, taking part in this has real benefits in terms of their care, as the new system will provide doctors and nurses with better information in settings where patients haven’t planned on presenting, such as at Emergency Departments or as casual patients in other General Practices.”

The Shared Care Record roll-out is being led by the Whanganui Regional Health Network and will be launched in the Whanganui region before the end of December 2015. So far ten General Practices have implemented a Shared Care Record, which makes up approximately 87 percent of all patients enrolled with a Whanganui practice.

01 September 2015

Major Improvements to the Shared Care Record Planned for September

In September 2015 three major improvements are being made to the Shared Care Record which will enable better care for more patients and will allow more transparent information to be available to patients about the Shared Record.

The first improvement will see 21,276 more patients with a Shared Care Record, as seven new practices join the programme in the second wave of involvement. The addition of these practices to the programme means that 82% of people living in the Wellington, Kapiti, Porirua and Hutt Valley districts and 78% of people living in the Manawatu, Horowhenua region will now have a Shared Care Record.

The second improvement will enable paramedics from Wellington Free Ambulance to access the Wellington and Hutt Valley record for urgent community care. This will allow Wellington Free Ambulance to improve the quality of complex care they provide to patients in the community by having relevant health information available to support clinical decisions.

The third improvement will allow information about the Shared Care Record to reach more people who need to know about how their health information is shared. The website will allow the team to articulate clear and transparent information about the record to the public across the different regions. The website includes the basic information about the project including: What information is shared, who is the information shared with and how you can opt out of sharing health information. The website will also allow media items, audit results and governance decisions to be added to the news section and shared easily using the new Shared Care Record (SCR) domain names.

All of these improvements will be implemented over the month of September 2015.

The practices joining the programme are; Linden Surgery and Plimmerton Medical Centre in Porirua, Raumati Road Surgery and Grace Surgery in Kapiti, Main Street Surgery and Fitzherbert Road Medical Centre in the Hutt Valley and Victoria Medical in Palmerston North.