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.
01 November 2019:
Number of GPs registered: 4,512
Number of Practices registered: 1,599
Number of Electronic reports sent/received to date in 2019:
- Messages sent to GPs/Agencies: 17,381,726
- Referrals in to Hospitals
- Breast: 30,900
- Prostate: 2,965
- Lung: 1,435
- General: 424,708
- Pigmented Lesion: 5,406
- Ophthalmology: 5,949
- Endoscopy: 10,284
- Mental Health: 288
- Neurology: 280
- MRI request: 11
- Palliative Care: 27
- Breast: 30,900
- Electronic Lab Orders: 172,148
- Electronic Radiology Orders: 704
Further stats on referrals can be found on the eHealth Ireland website
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 login 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.
Training and Resources
The Healthlink helpdesk provides training on all aspects of the services available to Healthlink users. If you require assistance please contact the helpdesk or click on the following link training demos to view user guides, video demos, referral guidelines and HSE forms.
The latest Healthlink newsletter is now available for information on newly launched services and developments currently being working on.
Electronic Ophthalmology referrals are now being accepted by St. Columcille's Hospital.
eReferrals are now available to the Hermitage Clinic.
eReferrals are now available to the Radiology department in Beaumont Private Clinic.
St. Francis Private Hospital Mullingar are now accepting referrals with attachments (word, PDF documents)
eReferrals are now available to the Radiology department in Naas General Hospital.
Healthlink, the NCCP and South Infirmary Victoria Hospital have begun a pilot with a group of GPS to allow attachments to be sent with Pigmented Lesion Referrals.
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.