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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Patient Portal Business Models

Patients First recently presented to the Royal New Zealand College of General Practice 2015 conference on work that they have completed with Sapere and the National Health IT Board. Below is a summary of their presentation and slides and summary notes are included in the side-panel. Abstract Running general practice is a balance between providing…
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GP2GP A Way Forward in Australia?

Edwin Kruys has recently written a blog post outlining the GP2GP solution as a way that Australia can quickly and relatively cheaply improve doctor workflow and reduce patient safety issues when patients transfer their medical practice. Read the full post here.

Patients First Reviews PMS Support

A survey distributed by Patients First to the sector is providing general practices with an opportunity to feedback on the support service provided by their Practice Management System Vendors. The Patients First PMS Review series provides an important independent look at the various software and services offered to general practice. The work also provides vendors…
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King’s Fund Provide Overview of Integrated Care

Integrated Care System Integration enables integrated models of care. See the accompanying video from the Kings Fund for a brief overview of what integrated care is all about. By allowing care providers to easily and efficiently share information about patients, in a secure and controlled fashion, patients can receive the services they need, when they…
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GP2GP Presented to HINZ 2014 Conference

Patients First Solutions Architect Peter Jordan presented his paper investigating what the use of GP2GP shows up about patient movement between general practices to the 2014 Health Informatics New Zealand conference in Auckland. Paper Abstract The GP2GP Project, facilitating the electronic transfer of complete patient records between General Practice systems, was delivered by Patients First in…
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