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

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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

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.

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