March 27, 2012 - PRLog -- 21st March 2012: Euromedic Ireland, the leading primary care diagnostic imaging provider, has joined up with the National Healthlink Project, the online messaging service for GPs funded by the HSE. The partnership will bring significant benefits to general practitioners and patients nationwide by enabling fast access to radiology results for approximately 2,500 GPs in Ireland.
Commenting on the partnership with the National Healthlink Project, Dr Sam Hamilton, Medical Director, Euromedic Ireland said: “As every GP knows, the level of administration work involved in referring patients for further assessment can be extremely time consuming for notoriously time-poor GPs. Not only that but the waiting time for these results can very often be a lengthy and stressful period for patients. Healthlink can help to reduce the administration and waiting times involved by ensuring fast and secure access to results online, which ultimately brings great benefits to patients and the health service in general.”
Ms Marie Lalor, Project Manager for the National Healthlink Project added: “Euromedic joins other private entities on the National Healthlink Project, including the Mater Private Hospital, Beacon Hospital and Laboratory Medicine Services based in Charlemont Clinic. The addition of Euromedic to this list improves efficiencies in radiology by providing the GP community and ultimately, the patient with faster access to their results.”
Euromedic Ireland is used regularly by over 90% of GPs in Ireland and it performs over 100,000 medical scans per annum at its diagnostic imaging centres in Dublin, Cork, Kilkenny and Sligo. The partnership with Healthlink will mean that the results of these scans will now be delivered directly to computers in GP practices within 24 hours of the scans taking place.
Healthlink also integrates directly with accredited practice management systems in GP surgeries (Helix Practice Manager, Complete GP, Socrates and HealthOne) and is used to securely transmit patient information electronically to GPs. Over 2,500 GPs in Ireland are registered with Healthlink, which brings significant benefits to general practice by reducing waiting times for appointments and results and increasing overall efficiencies in the referral process. This service is provided free to the GPs.
Under the partnership with Euromedic, all GPs registered with the Healthlink Project will be eligible to receive their patients’ radiology reports electronically. Pat Kane, Euromedic Ireland’s Head of IT said: “It is our aim to offer a complete 360 degree service to GPs by allowing them to also refer online by the end of the year.”
Euromedic owns and operates three stand-alone internationally accredited diagnostic centres in Dublin: Euromedic Charlemont (Dublin City), Euromedic Dundrum (South Dublin), Euromedic Northwood (Santry, North Dublin), one accredited centre in Cork, Euromedic Cork (Cork City Centre) and a newly opened centre in Kilkenny City, Euromedic Kilkenny. The company also provides MRI scans in Sligo General Hospital and the Ulster Independent Clinic in Belfast.
GPs who are already using Healthlink can contact the Healthlink.ie helpdesk on 01 882 5606 to receive electronic reports from Euromedic. For further information, visit, http://www.healthlink.ie / http://www.euromedic.ie.