Tullamore Hospital calls upon local GPs to sign up to electronic system 

Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore awarded national eHealth Advocate Certificate for new patient data system

Moran Damian

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Tullamore Hospital

Midlands Regional Hospital, Tullamore

Tullamore Hospital receives national award

Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore has received a national ‘eHealth Advocate Certificate’ from the Health Service Executive (HSE) for successfully implementing an electronic system to efficiently administer patient hospital referrals. This system of promoting electronic referrals over paper, ensures that a more reliable electronic trail exists.

The objective of the HSE ‘e-Referral system is to modernise communications between GPs and hospitals around the country, helping to streamline patient referrals from local doctors. Since it’s initiation by the HSE in August 2015, the number of e-Referrals nationally has increased from 2,289 to over 7,774 in March 2016.

Tullamore Hospital recently implemented the system and is actively engaging with local GPs to realise the full benefits of the process improvement. To date, 30 out of a total of 90 GP practices (33%) in the Tullamore Hospital catchment area effectively using this new system.

Welcoming the award, Bernie Mann, Patient Services Manager in Tullamore Hospital and leading the initiative in the Medical Records Department, said, “The e-Referral system can provide a real and valuable impact on the day-to-day process of managing GP referrals within the hospital. We are confident that this mechanism will enhance the accurate transfer of patient referrals between primary and secondary care through a secure, streamlined electronic system.  Building the electronic bridge between primary and secondary care in the Tullamore Hospital area is hugely important.

So many aspects of how we work today is online; from a health perspective it improves efficiency and is more cost-effective, ensuring a better experience for patients. Ultimately it’s about better and faster communication between GPs and hospital specialists, on behalf of our patients.

Our focus is on improving the numbers of GP practices with access to this e-referral system.  We have 30 out of a total of 90 Regional GP practices signed up currently. We would strongly encourage all GPs in the area to come on board to improve patient referral data and help fast-track our patients,” she stressed.

Commenting on the awarding of the e-Health Advocate Certificate, Orlagh Claffey, General Manager, Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore, said: “We are delighted with this acknowledgement of the work undertaken by our staff to enhance the referral process for GPs and our patients. This is a very positive development for Tullamore Hospital.

Connected healthcare, faster and more accurate communications between GPs, hospitals and other healthcare professionals must become the norm across our health service. It puts the correct information in the correct hands at the correct time and ensures patients receive the best care. We strongly urge all local GPs to engage with the hospital so we can all realise the full benefits of this development," added Claffey.