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Midlands Health Network a winner on the night

Primary health care provider Midlands Health Network has tonight claimed a top prize worth $1500 in the Waikato District Health Board Best of Health Awards.

The project, ‘eReferral best practice generic template roll out to Waikato DHB general practices’, beat six other projects to win the awards’ collaboration category.

The Best of Health Awards were first introduced in 2003 to recognise and reward the excellent health initiatives that had taken place across the Waikato.

They were held again in 2004, 2006 and 2008. The aim of the awards is to share valuable health information and showcase best practice.

This year, the awards received 36 entries from throughout the Waikato health sector, including entries from primary care, Waikato District Health Board and non-Government organisations (NGOs).

Some 180 guests gathered at the Wintec House Atrium from 6pm today to attend the awards ceremony, MC’d by TV personality Kay Gregory.

The four category prizes up for grabs were:

  • Innovation – won by Population Health for their project: ‘Opportunities Taken: The need for, and effectiveness of secondary care opportunistic immunisation
  • Patient outcome – won by Sport Waikato for their entry: Project Energize
  • Process improvement –won by Waikato Hospital for their project: The Waikato Hospital delivery and capacity planning project; and
  • Collaboration – won by Midlands Health Network for their project: eReferral best practice generic template roll out to Waikato DHB general practices

A selection of DHB and primary care staff judged each of these, which came with prize money of $1500 each.

The overall prize was worth $3000 and claimed by worthy winner Project Energize.

The collaboration category is designed to recognise and reward outstanding examples of collaboration within our health services, across primary and secondary health sectors, and intersectorally.

These collaborations must have contributed to service improvements or better health outcomes to be considered for the awards.

A brief description of the project

Pinnacle Group Ltd, which is now Midlands Health Network, held the contract to roll out the eReferral best practice generic template to all practices within the Waikato DHB area.

This was based on the successful development and evaluation of the template and was the first step in the primary to secondary electronic transfer of patient referral information.

Due to the efficiencies and effectiveness of the new referral system, more clinical time is available to see patients and improve health outcomes.

It takes administration burden away from the already busy GP and triage specialists, for example, deciphering handwritten letters, illegible faxes, and learning the process of GP referrals.

Judges comments

The judging panel called this an excellent collaborative project that is to be applauded.

“It shows thinking outside the square and that there is life beyond Waikato Hospital.

“The project has the potential to be replicated widely, with the results being very impressive.”

Other projects that received honourable mentions at the awards were:

  • Community pharmacy anticoagulation management service from Pharmacy 547
  • The Waihi Project (family violence) from Population Health, Waikato DHB
  • Waikato virtual lesion clinic from Waikato DHB’s Dermatology Department; and
  • from Waikato Immunisation Stakeholders Group

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