Latest Stats

13 December 2019:

Number of GP's registered: 4,539

Number of Practices registered: 1,605

Number of Electronic reports sent/received to date in 2019:

  • Messages sent to GP's/Agencies: 19,926,798
  • Referrals in to Hospitals
    • Breast: 35,603
    • Prostate: 3,435
    • Lung: 1,642
    • General: 496,484
    • Pigmented Lesion: 6,039
    • Ophthalmology: 6,938
    • Endoscopy: 12,120
    • Mental Health: 333
    • Neurology: 309
    • MRI request: 11
    • Palliative Care: 35
    • Memory Clinic: 14
  • Electronic Lab Orders: 197,710
  • Electronic Radiology Orders: 895

Further stats on referrals can be found on the eHealth Ireland website

Services

Healthlink's core remit is to provide a messaging service that allows patient information to be securely transferred between Hospitals and Medical Practitioners.

Patient information is generated on the source hospital system and transferred to and from our servers using secure network connections. Users log in to the HealthlinkOnline website with a unique username, password, PIN and digital client certificate to verify identity. The application is also accessible via web service calls, meaning the accredited Practice Management Systems can integrate patient information automatically without opening the website. Our service calls are also used to generate referral messages from within the Practice Management Systems which are sent on to the hospital via Healthlink. Message files are formatted in HL7 which is an internationally recognised standard for exchanging information between healthcare applications. Healthlink is fully compliant with the HIQA National GP messaging Standards. Any vendor wishing to exchange messages with Healthlink should adhere to these standards.

Resources

The technical specifications below are available for Hospitals and Software Suppliers who wish to work with Healthlink.

Healthlink Hospital Information & Interface Specification - TCP

HealthlinkOnline Message Specification

General Referral Message Construction Guide

Referral Response Message Guide

MN-CMS Discharge Summary Specification

DEASP Sick Cert Specification

Project Proposals:

A set of criteria have been compiled to assist Healthlink in evaluating project proposals. This enables developments to be aligned with agreed priorities and to ensure appropriate funding is available and maximum value is obtained from the national messaging infrastructure.

If you wish to work with us on a specific project, please complete the Project Proposal Form and email to newrequests@healthlink.ie

Latest News

09/12

It is now possible for all GPs using Socrates to send e-Certs electronically.

03/12

From the 9th of December Beaumont Hospital will cease posting out-patient letters to GPs that are registered with Healthlink and all OPD correspondence will be via Healthlink. Specialties excluded from this are: Cardiology, Endocrinology and Respiratory.

25/11

We are pleased to inform you that electronic referrals can now be sent to the Memory Clinics in St. James's Hospital and Our Lady's Hospital Navan.

About Us

Healthlink is the National Health Messaging broker and provides a web-based messaging service which allows the secure transmission of clinical patient information between Hospitals, Health Care Agencies and Medical Practitioners. Healthlink is funded by the HSE and all our services are free of charge to GPs. Healthlink is part of the Access to Information & Health Identifiers Programme under the Office of the CIO. The two teams have come together to realise the vision of enabling timely access to health information when and where it is needed.

Patient Confidentiality:

One aspect of our user support includes following up on patient reports, e.g. test results that have not been sent electronically. If you need to send patient identifiable information to the Healthlink support team you must use your Healthmail account. Healthmail is an email service that allows GPs and their practice staff to send and receive clinical patient information in a secure manner. Healthlink is securely connected to Healthmail so all mail between the two domains is encrypted by default.

Please click on the following link to view our Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions.