Tuesday, 10 December 2019 02:35

1st Group claims Australia-first launch of GP referrals to specialists service platform

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1st Group claims Australia-first launch of GP referrals to specialists service platform Image Naypong, FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Australian listed digital health group, 1st Group, is claiming an Australian first with the launch of a new MyHealth1st product called EasyReferrals that powers the new service - StVincentsPriority.com.au - which it says completely transforms the GP to specialist referral process.

1st Group says that previously, GPs had no ability to know when a specialist might be available to see their patient without making lots of phone callsv and “nor would the GP know if the patient actually made the booking with the specialist”.

“Now, with the MyHealth1st EasyReferrals platform that powers StVincentsPriority.com.au GP's can find realtime availability of around 21 specialties including breast surgeons, cardiologists, orthopaedic surgeons, neurologists and others”, and “book the appointment on behalf of their patients in a few clicks or invite their patients to book the appointment themselves online 24/7.”

1st Group says referral documentation can be uploaded as part of the booking process.

“The new system is integrated with key practice management systems used by specialists including Genie, Shexie, BlueChip, Best Practice and soon Clinic2Cloud enabling more than 90% of the specialist market to be serviced by the new platform,” 1st Group concludes.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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