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Oculo and HealthLink partnership enables General Practitioners to refer electronically to eye care professionals

Optometrists will now have the ability to receive referrals from General Practitioners through Oculo—a clinical communications platform for eye care professionals across Australia.

Last week, Oculo announced a partnership with HealthLink, an electronic communication and integration service used by the health sector, to exchange electronic patient information through their computer systems.

Oculo grew from the Centre for Eye Research Australia to address a need for continuity of care for patients by promoting the efficiency and quality of clinical communication and help deliver the best quality of care to eye patients.

“Primary eye care needs to happen in the community,” says Dr Kate Taylor, Oculo’s CEO. “We know that about half of people with diabetes and glaucoma aren’t getting adequate eye care. Making it easier for GPs to connect patients in to eye care services can help that. Making it seamless and secure is critical.”

HealthLink’s key purpose is to support the medical community to communicate electronically with other health systems in a reliable and secure way. This is HealthLink’s first foray into optometry.

Dr Taylor envisions the partnership as taking steps towards an eye care ecosystem—working together with patients to provide the best vision and best eye care. “We think the timing of this partnership with HealthLink is particularly apt, given the recent release of the RACGP’s position statement on electronic communication and call for the phasing out of paper-based communications like faxes within three years.”

To learn more about Oculo and HealthLink visit www.connect.oculo.com.au/press/


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