Online system to reduce patient referral times
29 July 2016 | 0
GPs across Ireland now will be able to provide patients with direct online referrals thanks to an online system developed by diagnostic imaging specialist Alliance Medical and Clanwilliam Group.
Available to Socrates GP users, the service will speed up access for people who are waiting for diagnostic scans by enabling GPs to send referrals immediately and securely online for their patients.
The secure online radiology referrals can be made by GPs using the online referral platform entitled Zeus. It is available directly to GPs for the referral of patients for diagnostic scans such as MRI, to the Mater Private Hospital and CUH in Cork along with sites elsewhere, in Kerry, Dublin, Galway, Kildare and Limerick.
Ellen Leacy, quality manager at Alliance Medical Ireland, said: “We believe that access to medical imaging should be prompt and easy for people but unfortunately that is not always the case. Our partnership with Zeus means that doctors can refer their patients directly for scans, such as MRI, immediately. This reduces the administrative burden within these centres and results in a faster service and ultimately a more timely diagnosis for patients.”
Emmet Gilhooley, enterprise account manager at Clanwilliam Group, said: “Our Zeus platform is one of the fastest growing products we have in the Clanwilliam portfolio. The addition of the Alliance Medical sites will not only expand the scope of the Zeus network across Ireland but will also enhance the referral process for Socrates users.”