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Tools to assemble all the pieces of primary care data together – Part 2

Last Thursday I gave a talk to the General Practice Research Group at Otago University. one of the two main medical schools in New Zealand. It was a really interesting discussion, with much the interest being centered around providing General Practitioners with the ability to view medication regimes in a more easily and quickly comprehensible format.

There was also interest in using Lifetime Health Diary™ in extreme patient cases, where it can be difficult to draw up a complete patient background and keep track of it – particularly when a patient is seeing multiple practitioners and specialists. Some of the GPs present said they would like to try using it with some of their “problem patients”.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, there was also interest in Lifetime Health Diary™ assisting with smoother handoffs between different care settings and providers (including a better follow up and communication tool after discharge). One concrete example mentioned of interest was helping community pharmacies reconcile health and medication regimes of patients and providing a strong link between nursing homes, GPs and pharmacists. In other words, a genuine Health Reconciliation Tool.

This ties in strongly with another theme of interest – Distance Medicine and Rural Health. Rural pharmacies, as the only dispensary for many miles around, have the potential to serve as a pure source of community pharmacy usage – unlike in cities, where consumer choice in using any pharmacy creates data silos between patient and the various pharmacies and GPs they frequent.

I look forward to being able to release the view of our new medication optimisation tool in the next few days, I will post that on next week’s blog, and discuss why clinicians we have spoken to are looking forward to using it.

Yours in health,

Hamish

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