Story image

Online health portals prove popular in New Zealand

21 Nov 2016

Nearly a quarter of a million New Zealanders are now using a patient portal to access their health information, the Government has revealed.

In 2015, a $3 million funding boost gave more New Zealanders access to patient portals, included $500,000 for an awareness campaign.

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says it great to see a significant increase in portal users.

“Patient portals enable patients to manage aspects of their own healthcare such as booking appointments, requesting repeat prescriptions and messaging clinical staff directly,” says Coleman.

“It’s great to see the number of patient portal users significantly increase from around 175,000 in June 2016 to over 241,300 in September 2016 – a 38% increase in just over three months,” he says.

Coleman says the number of practices offering a portal service has also increased over this period, from 335 to 423 - a rise of 27%.

Compared with September 2015, the number of portal users increased by around 160%, and practices offering portals increased by 56%.

“Patients can now access their personal health information whenever they need it,” says Coleman.

“They no longer have to call the practice to get their test results, book appointments or if they have a simple question – they can now do these through the patient portal,” he explains.

“The portal service is also well-received by practice teams as it frees up their time from doing administration work, enabling clinicians to spend more time with patients.”

An interactive map was launched earlier in May to make it easier for patients to check which general practices are offering portals.

This Iron Man drone wants you to fly like a superhero
Iron Man must be one of the most popular superheroes of 2019 – because this year he has been transformed into a robot, and now he’s styled as his very own drone.
HP back on board with Emirates Team NZ
HP 3D print technology will supposedly help the team innovate at speed.
Do you use the Peel Smart Remote app? Delete or update it now
Peel Smart Remote could leak your personal pictures, information, and documents to an unknown server.
How printing solutions can help save the planet
Y Soft has identified five key ways organisations can become more economical and reduce their environmental impact.
Information is power when choosing electricity plans
While 90% of respondents knew their average power bill over the summertime, more than half didn’t know their kilowatt hour (kWh) price, or their monthly usage amount. 
A quick look at Haier & LG's take on the smart home revolution
Haier is going all-in on the smart home revolution – and it believes your home should be smart all the way from the laundry to the bedroom.
An 8K TV for $80,000? Samsung has you covered
8K televisions have landed in New Zealand, but they come with eye-watering price tags of up to $80,000.
Scammers targeting more countries in sextortion scam - ESET
The attacker in the email claims they have hacked the intended victim's device, and have recorded the person while watching pornographic content.