One example of telehealth changing the way general practices are interacting with patients is the use of patient portals. College Medical Director and eHealth Ambassador Dr Richard Medlicott shares the Ministry of Health’s latest take up statistics and encourages more GPs to start using portals:
“There is continued growth in the uptake of practices using patient portals, and the total number of patients signed up for them,” says Dr Medlicott.
“When looking into the numbers more deeply, it is clear that the practices are on a learning curve, with relatively low percentages of patients enrolled at active practices. Think about ways of increasing uptake, so that you can reap the benefits. A ‘whole of team’ approach with all staff encouraging the use of portals can be very effective.”
College hosted IT summit
To find out more about how technology is being used in primary health care, the College is hosting a Summit in Wellington on 23 November 2017. This event is an interactive one day workshop and is open to anyone with an interest in primary care innovation.
Attendees will help identify technology-related opportunities for the sector and the barriers that need to be overcome if the sector is to achieve these. By the end of the day we hope to have a robust action plan that will help us create an appropriate, digitally-enabled future.
To find out more, visit the IT summit event page