OutsideClinic deploys digital GP messaging

Written by Peter Walker

Home hearing and sight testing provider OutsideClinic has deployed an electronic transfer system to give instant referrals with its NHS partners and GPs.

The solution from British technology firm Docman Connect enables online clinical communication between different care settings delivered within a secure and structured messaging platform.

A statement from OutsideClinic explained that it will save around £12,000 on paper-based referrals annually, as well as significant time savings, given it processes around 100 referrals and notifications every day.

Referrals can now include hi-resolution photographic retinal images, delivering higher quality than the previous method of printing and sending in the post. It also ensures that important clinical documents are sent and received safely with a full audit trail.

Ric Thompson, managing director of health and care at Docman Connect, explained that the NHS Long Term Plan, published in January this year, highlighted the importance of technology in the future of the NHS.

“External partners, such as OutsideClinic, have a key role to play in its digitisation and the deployment of Docman Connect means that our latest customer is able to complement those important NHS Digital strategies,” he stated.

“OutsideClinic is a great example of how other health and care providers can use a digital messaging platform to benefit the NHS. Docman makes the ambition of helping GPs and clinicians become much more efficient and effective, through the use of technology, a reality.”