Online portal provides easier access to bowel screening registry

Clinicians can now access patient records on bowel cancer screening and manage their screening participation via an online portal to the National Cancer Screening Register.

The Healthcare Provider Portal provides a self-service alternative option to phone calls and emails for health professionals to access and submit bowel screening data electronically to the National Cancer Screening Register.

According to the Department of Health, the portal to the National Cancer Screening Register will be compatible with practice management systems such as Best Practice and Medical Director.

It will allows GPs, other specialists and pathologists to access a patient’s bowel screening results such as colonoscopy and FOBT reports and histories online, in real-time and also provides access to patient program correspondence for bowel screening programs.

It will allow doctors to manage their patient’s participation in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP), including opting out, deferring their screening, and ordering replacement free bowel screening test kits to their patient’s address.

According to the NCSR site, this will allow doctors to prepare for patient appointments by accessing results and histories online, prior to appointments, “thus saving time previously spent calling the National Register or multiple laboratories to retrieve your patient’s data.”

It also gives specialists and GPs the option of lodging clinical forms relating to both programs electronically, removing the need to print, scan and fax to the National Register.

“The new portal and clinical software integration will help create a more efficient process for providers, meaning better outcomes for their patients,” said Professor Dorota Gertig, Medical Director of the National Cancer Screening Register.

“This is a significant step forward for the National Cancer Screening Register; the improved access, capability and integration of the National Register with the wider health system is expected to increase participation in the cancer screening programs and encourage improved health outcomes through early detection and treatment of screen-detected abnormalities,” she said.

“Our Contact Centre team takes an average of 8,000 calls per week from healthcare providers and pathologists. They can now access the portal to retrieve patient data at any time that is convenient.”

The system is run by Telstra Health and also provides access to cervical screening register.

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