News Archive - 2006

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November 2006 - Healthlink Newsletter Issue II

Click here to download the second issue of our newsletter.


December 2006 - Radiology Results live in AMNCH

GPs in the Tallaght Hospital catchment area can register with Healthlink to receive Radiology results online. We are happy to announce the go-live of this project following months of work by the project group.


November 2006 - HealthlinkOnline Live in the West

We are delighted to launch HealthlinkOnline in 3 hospitals in the west of Ireland: University College Hospital Galway, Mayo General & Roscommon County Hospital. GPs in these areas are invited to register with us for this free service which allows them to receive Biochemistry, Haematology & Microbiology results online. We hope to send Radiology results online from UCHG & Merlin Park, Galway by June next year.


October 2006 - HSE Innovation Awards

Neurolink, an online referral service developed by Healthlink and St. Vincent's Hospital reached the finalists of the recent HSE Innovation Awards. The team, including Dr. Niall Tubridy, Consultant Neurologist at St. Vincent's were presented with a certificate in the Category "Innovative Management of Services including Technology & Communication Innovation". Neurolink is designed to alleviate problems associated with neurological referrals from GPs including long waiting lists, errors in postal referrals, administration time and patient anxiety.

The Healthlink Lab Ordering service was shortlisted (from 260 entrants to 1 of 40) for the Innovation Awards. The project was commended in the areas of implementation and partnership. It presented good solid results and showed great potential for replication.


October 2006 - Launch of Online Laboratory Ordering

Healthlink & the Mater Hospital Lab are the first in Ireland to offer GPs the ability to order blood tests online. This functionality provides great accuracy in the area of patient demographics, emergency contact phone number and clinical details. The interface can also calculate the correct number of specimens to send with the order based on the items ordered. It is also hoped that this message will eventually be integrated into the Practice Management System also providing a complete patient history for orders placed and results received. Commenting on this new service, Geraldine Gleasure, a Dublin-based practice nurse, said: "There is no longer a need for nurses to write out each patient's demographics, they can now simply search for them on the system and the results of all the tests ordered online can be sent back electronically, so there is no need for your practice to re-key in the information. This has a serious impact on waiting time for patients and allows practices to deliver a much more efficient service to their patients". Commenting on the rollout of the laboratory ordering function, Gemma Garvan from the National Healthlink Project outlined: "The project's success in the Mater University Hospital has resulted in interest from Beaumont Hospital and St James's Hospital. Healthlink are in the early stages of discussions in relation to enabling the lab order service in these hospitals later this year".


August 2006 - Radiology Results Live in St. James's Hospital

Following months of work we are delighted to announce that Radiology Results are available to St. James's GPs online. Radiology joins with Lab and OPD Information as the message types being sent electronically from the hospital.


August 2006 - New Healthlink Newsletter

We are delighted to launch the first edition of our newsletter which will bring you updates on the changes that are taking place within Healthlink, previews of new developments and updates on our numbers of users. Click here to download.


June 2006 - Outpatient Appointment Updates Live in St. James's Hospital

Users of St. James's Hospital will now receive Outpatient Appointment Updates in HealthlinkOnline. We are continuing work with the hospital to introduce other message types such as Radiology Results.


January 2006 - 1,000 more GPs expected to be able to get test results online

Healthlink Online is a HSE project based at 58 Eccles Street in Dublin which allows GPs or general practices to get hospital test results for their patients from any computer at the click of a mouse. Read on...


January 2006 - 1,000 GPs eligible for test results online

Up to 1,000 more GPs around the country are expected to be eligible to receive hospital test results online during the year, due to a major expansion of the HSE-funded Healthlink messaging project. Read on...