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An Electronic Health Record For Every New Zealander by 2020 What Does This Really Mean? The recent strategy announced by the Ministry of Health to establish a national electronic health record for individuals will affect every New Zealander. The strategy will impact how and where health records are stored and used by health practitioners (and…
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PMS Review Report Released

Patients First have released their PMS Support Services review report. Practice Management Systems (PMSs) are an integral part of providing high quality clinical care in a fast moving and responsive primary care environment. They also provide the basis for financial accounts for general practices in terms of invoicing and claiming. General practices rely heavily on…
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Biometrics Provides Questionable Protection

A recent report by Ars Technica suggests that in the US at least, using biometrics to allow access to your data may not be as good as simple passwords. Aside from the obvious problem that fingerprints can be obtained without your knowledge or consent by nefarious parties, your obligation to provide such physical attributes to…
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Patients First Seeks Chief Advisor

Patients First is seeking an appropriately experienced individual that can fit into a small specialist team. The role involves acting as the primary adviser to the Chief Executive and working with the executive and board to develop the business while providing services to all aspects of the health sector. This is an opportunity to work with multiple stakeholders…
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New Patient Portal Search Tool

Advertising to raise public awareness of patient portals The Ministry of Health has been promoting the use of patient portals to the public. On 9 May 2016 phase two of these promotions will begin, and finish at the end of June. There will be advertising on radio, on-line and in print. People will be encouraged…
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Ransomware on the rise in NZ Health Sector

The Ministry of Health is wanting to raise the awareness of what Ransomware is and what businesses should be doing to protect against its rise in New Zealand. Ransomware is defined by the United States Department of Justice as “a form of malware that targets both human and technical weaknesses in organisations in an effort…
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GP2GP Reaches 1 Million Transfers Mark

In March, over a million file transfers were completed since GP2GP (General Practitioner to General Practitioner) was introduced in 2011. Impressively, over 30,000 transfer messages are transferred each month. This ambitious project was delivered by Patients First Ltd in conjunction with the Practice Management System vendors. GP2GP was a key requirement of the 2010 National…
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GP Security Checklist Released

Patients First are proud to have released a security checklist for General Practice. It is designed to allow general practice to undertake a basic assessment of their health information security practices. Read more about the checklist and associated guide document here.

NZ IT Metrics On Top for Complex Needs Patients

A recent Commonwealth Fund survey and paper published in Health Affairs suggests that New Zealand’s Primary Care Health IT systems are narrowly leading the way compared to nine other countries. The comparison is in metrics identified as being important for primary care physicians caring for patients with complex needs. The paper identified three metrics measured in 2012 and…
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Data Breaches Target for hMael

Preventing data breaches is one of the main goals of a new secure email platform about to be launched for the health sector. hMael will be available to those working in the health sector before Christmas completely free of charge. “There is still a lot of education that needs to be done within health to…
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Patients First Move Office

Patients First have moved office to new premises located at 50 Customhouse Quay, Wellington. They are sharing office space with the Royal New Zealand College of General Practice, one of the two shareholders in Patients First. The building will be familiar to many Wellingtonians and architecture enthusiasts as the ‘Government Life’ or ‘Tower’ building. The…
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