A message from Mark Taylor, GP liaison, integrated care, Waikato DHB
In order to try and remove the necessity to use a fax machine for Waikato Hospital anaesthetists to communicate with GPs, we have created a new messaging system to allow anaesthetists and GPs to communicate electronically. This secure system writes into Clinical Work Station (CWS). It also allows two-way communications, much like an email, so that conversation can be had if necessary.
There are currently two different documents that can be transferred from Waikato DHB’s CWS into the GP practice management system:
This document (PDF) illustrates what will turn up in the inbox of the individual GP in the practice management system. It is effectively the same as what anaesthetists currently send by fax but delivered in an electronic format. This system is not intended to create extra work for the GP, rather it aims to make communication easier, reliable and more secure. As always, I am happy to receive feedback to enable us to improve this system further and iron out the wrinkles: firstname.lastname@example.org or 027 29 11 847.