Macarthur patients part of Australian-first program

If you have ever presented to an emergency department – particularly at night – you would know how frustrating it can be waiting to undergo tests and receive the results.

However, a new program – project iRAD (Integrated Realtime Active Data) – launched by the South Western Sydney Primary Health Network (SWSPHN), will aim to reduce the need for unwanted tests and delayed treatment by improving communication between GPs and doctors based at hospitals.

“It allows more appropriate and quicker treatment,” Dr Matthew Gray, a GP at Elderslie’s Schwarz Family Practice and chair of the SWSPHN said.

The program allows GPs and those at the hospital to have access to the same database, meaning patient records and information including medications and dosages can be accessed straight away.

Dr Gray lauded the program.

“What it means is that if a GP ordered a blood test and then that person presented to hospital, the hospital would be aware of that result,” he said.

“As it currently stands, it’s not as simple as that. The hospital would have to duplicate the test or contact (the organisation who assessed the results).

“It helps to ensure that health care providers get the right information at the right time. It helps with decision making and treatment.

“So much of health relies on actual data and information. (iRAD) gets rid of some of those inefficiencies.

“The ultimate aim is to improve health outcomes.”

SWSPHN Acting CEO Keith McDonald also praised the program.

“This project aims to deliver an Australian-first solution for GPs and health providers that will ensure members of our community will receive the right care in the right place at the right time,” Mr McDonald said.

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