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As first revealed by the Medical Independent (MI) in January, the NAGP is also creating a new GP telemedicine service. The GP-Online app will support face-to-face video consultations and the production of prescriptions between GPs and their own patients.
Now the organisation has expanded that project into a wider practice management system using the latest cloud-based technology.
“There are multiple different components to this. It is totally integrated into the video app for online consultations and the booking engine, so there is just one central calendar for everything that the GP does,” Mr Aiden Callaly, CEO of GP-Online, explained to MI.
The new system will also be integrated with existing accounting systems and the HSE PCRS systems, and connectable to nursing homes and other services, he said.
The system will initially be for private patients, but the NAGP is understood to be in discussions with the HSE about rolling it out to public patients and integrating it into the HSE’s new eHealth landscape, ie, electronic health records, individual health identifiers, etc.
The NAGP owns a percentage of the business, while the majority of the funding is coming from GP investors.
Almost 100 GPs have expressed an interest in investing in the project, Mr Callaly said.
“It is for GPs, by GPs, and owned by GPs… and it is for patients that we are doing all this for,” he commented.
The new GP-Online system is due to be ready for pilot testing by the autumn “and there is nothing on the market like it,” Mr Callaly said.
The NAGP says its new practice management system will be cheaper than the options that are currently available to GPs, and will initially be available to NAGP members only.
Once up-and-running, it is planned to include consultants, involving them in “three-way video consultations” and for the technology to be sold abroad.