Axe the Fax – HWPCP can help!!

Posted by Sharyn Rognrust, Category: Uncategorised,
It's just over two years ago now that the RACGP put its foot down on the continuing use of the fax in general practice, issuing a position paper calling for healthcare services and government agencies that communicate patient information with general practice to cut out the paper and move instead to secure electronic means.
The college had high hopes that this could happen in three years, what with alternative means such as secure messaging already a mature technology. But while progress has been made by the industry to achieve interoperability between secure messaging providers, the fax machines are still there, cranking out as much paper as ever.  Pulse I/T

Secure Messaging & eHealth

The Hume Whittlesea PCP promotes service access and communication of consumer information via Connectingcare - a comprehensive directory-based secure messaging and eReferral system.  This system enables health and community services to securely send and receive referrals, service requests, feedback, care coordination plans and other documents and search the online services directory. Consumer information needs to be transmitted securely in order to meet the privacy legislation and agency accreditation requirements.  Unencrypted emails and faxes are not secure and transmitting consumer information in this way is a high risk practice.  In addition Connectingcare meets national e-health messaging standards.

For more information or support contact HWPCP Service Coordination Project Officer Mandy Shields 8401 1365 or email