June 2013 Newsletter
The purpose of the CareConnect portfolio is to bridge the information gaps between primary, secondary and community care settings, bringing together clinical data to ensure better, sooner, more convenient healthcare.
See what has been happening in our key projects:

Radiology eReferrals
The CareConnect eReferrals forms library now includes the NEW Radiology referral  forms for both Adults and Paediatrics.
Click here to read an open message to all GPs about the submission of Radiology referrals to the Metro-Auckland DHB Radiology departments.
PHASE 2 eReferrals (Online triage & grading) is underway in 2 streams, one focused on development of the tool and the other on implementing the change within hospitals.  Development is progressing with the next release expected to enter User Acceptance Testing in July.  
The project is taking a local implementation approach with Implementation teams at each DHB consisting of a Change Coordinator,  Clinical Sponsors and Administrator (CRO, Service) representation.  The Change Coordinators at each DHB are:

Healthlink Release 2.1.4 included small changes to multiple forms, including the Cardiology form as agreed by the GAIHN Regional Cardiology Network.
The Medtech Patch that includes eSAM geocoding from MOH also addresses the issue that a small number of practices are experiencing with 'freezing'.
Medtech Users on Version 20 or higher can download an Icon  for eReferrals to install on the Medtech Menu Bar.  This will cut out several clicks in the process. 
Download the Icon by clicking here

3 Million Auckland Regional Electronic Discharge Summaries were rolled out into CareConnect TestSafe on March 20th

Next documents to be loaded into CareConnect TestSafe in sequence are:
  1. CMDHB surgical summaries from General Surgery, Orthopedics, Hand and Plastic Surgery at CMDHB. These will include clinic letters, notes and referrals.
  2. ADHB maternity documents including maternity risk, still birth notifications, discharge summaries, referral to well-child and transfer of care letters to GP.
  3. WDHB community health summaries including clinic letters (excluding administration, Emergency Medicine (EM) management plans, Family Violence (FV) documents, progress notes, secure alerts, ward round notes and all Mental Health (MH) documents.
  4. CMDHB community health summaries including updates, referrals and letters from geriatric services, support plans from Needs Assessment Units, programme-end discharge summaries from the very High Intensive Users service and referral updates, environment/equipment care updates, and therapy care plans from Paediatric services at CMDHB.
  5. WDHB community documents  including assessments,correspondence, progress notes and discharge documents from Home Health Care for Kids, Child & Family and Home Health.

“A method of defining a set of steps, regardless of care setting, that best describe a patient journey through the healthcare system to best use the available multidisciplinary resource, and application of best evidence base to aid in decisions at each point of intervention.” - A Clinical Pathway Tool for NZ – Initial Feasibility Study: Final Report
Part of the Patients First Programme, August 2010

The CareConnect Clinical Pathways project is now in the latter stages of the planning phase. 
The following activities have been completed:

  • Implementation Planning Study
  • Technical workshop to discuss infrastructure and authentication
  • Workshop with the GP PMS vendors (MedTech and MyPractice) to ascertain integration and authentication options
  • A solution architect has been working on the design for GP PMS single sign-on options for Clinical Pathways and Regional Clinical Documents
A  business case has been drafted that will be submitted for funding approval over the next few weeks.
If approved, the Proof of Concept phase will then implement the tool at four to six General Practices with four clinically signed off pathways which are: Iron Deficiency, Dyspepsia, Gout, and COPD.

The Final NIHI Evaluation Report into the Shared Care Program is now available from our website.
Click here to read in full

Graeme Osborne Director of the National Heath IT board (NHITB) and Chairman of the Shared Care Program Steering Group has sent a letter to all Shared Care Pilot Users which outlines the next steps in the program
Key Points are:
  1. DHB's to drive strategic  utilisation to support key priorities including locality planning and population risk management strategies
  2. Clinical & Consumer forum to drive performance and usability improvements with the vendor
Click here to read in full

Work continues on the engagement with the Franklin Locality Implementation. The process workflows are currently being developed, after which the gaps with the IT systems will be identified, and then detailed plans will be developed for implementation of systems including Shared Care.

The Clinical & Consumer Forum formed in May. The purpose of this group is to provide regular clinical and consumer input and advise into the on-going planning and implementation of the Shared Care Programme.
The second meeting in June ratified the priorities for usability changes to the tool for the Vendors action.

CareConnect TestSafe is now compatible with IE7, IE8 and IE9.  It is not compatible with CHROME, and full functionality in IE10 needs compatibility view.

Other minor changes:
The NHI Patient Search button has been removed from the sub menu search, and is now visible in the left hand menu.
Recent Patients are now accessible via the left hand menu.
Any enquiries please email

Open CareConnect TestSafe in Internet Explorer from Dispensary System
Before you login:
  1. Click on “Tools” tab
  2. Click on “Compatibility View” about half way down
  3. Enter your ID and password  and continue.
If the ‘Tools’ tab is not visible, press F12 and this will appear either at the top or the bottom of your screen.



For  further enquiries about the CareConnect  portfolio, eMail:  CareConnect Liaison.