Alzira GPs go digital
Checking waiting lists, requesting prescriptions and sick notes, sending blood-sugar and blood-pressure readings are among time-savers available on new interactive web system
By Samantha Kett PATIENTS at La Ribera hospital in Alzira can chat online with their doctors, log their daily blood pressure and sugar levels and check where they are on the waiting list thanks to a new interactive system set up by the health authority.
Those who sign up to YOsalud can request repeat prescriptions and obtain sick notes, and doctors will receive alerts if abnormal home health check results appear.
The system also allows patients to book GP appointments and check when prebooked visits are due – similar to the way many district health authorities already permit residents to do via the website www.san.gva.es.
Medical history, hospital visit or stay reports, and other health-related documents can be uploaded on YOsalud, and alerts and advice about health issues and vaccinations will be posted regularly by the administrators.
Dr Eugenio Montero of La Ribera hospital and centre manager Dr Javier Palau say the aim is to save time for patients and medics alike, cut waiting times and 'adapt to 21st-century social reality'.
Although the system encourages greater self-care, it is designed to support, rather than replace, the doctor-patient relationship, Dr Montero explains.
“Based upon similar schemes set up in the Torrevieja [Vega Baja] and Vinalopó district health authorities, a GP can deal with as many as 15 online consultations a day, which cuts the number of face-to-face appointments needed and saves patients travelling, whilst allowing doctors to increase the amount of time they spend with those who visit the surgery,” Dr Montero says.
Dr Palau reveals that the YOsalud portal will 'make life easier for patients'.
“The digital age is the way to go,” he confesses.
YOsalud has been launched as a pilot scheme only for the moment, but is likely to be rolled out to all patients in the La Ribera catchment.