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Scanning of Clinical Correspondence
Many practices are drowning under paper and looking to go paperless. One major obstacle is that even if we stop generating paper we still have to handle paper that arrives in the practice - hospital letters in particular - and it looks like being a long time before hospitals will be routinely communicating with us electronically.
Increasingly practices are scanning and OCR'ing correspondence to enter it into their clinical computer system. Here are a Word Macro to facilitate pasting of scanned text into InPractice Vision Clinical System (with minor modifications should also be usable on other systems), and a Report which was prepared as part of an HA R&D project on scanning, and which describes the directory structure which works with the macro presented here.
Open Exeter - Access your Practice Financial and Other Records held on the HA Computers
You can now directly access the information about your practice held on some of the HA databases, notably month and quarter end payments (available a week or two before the quarter end :-), cytology data transferred from other areas, registration data etc.
You need to register for the service, and the application needs to be countersigned by your HA. The application form is available at the URL's below, and there is also a demonstration of the service.
https://nww.openexeter.nhsia.nhs.uk (NHSnet only)
Note that passwords automatically expire after 28 days and that you will be unable to login. So to avoid having to keep phoning the NHSIA to sort out expired passwords, make sure that you login every two to three weeks whether you need to or not, and change your password as soon as you login so that the new password will be valid for another 28 days.
They are also, using part of this technology, piloting access for patients to their own computerised medical records at participating GP practices. Security is partly through only permitting access from designated ip addresses within NHSnet, and partly by identification of individual patients by thumbprint scanners.
www.medix-uk.com have a wide variety of medical and non-medical resources and links. They carry out original research by asking you to (optionally) complete brief (usually well under five minutes) questionnaires. To tempt you to participate they enter you into a draw each time you complete a questionnaire - prizes include laptops, and the author has one of those to prove that they do indeed come up with the goods :-)) Topics are very varied and by no means are only or even mostly pharmaceutical company topics.
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