|28 Apr 2023
AUCKLAND, NZ, 28 April, 2023 – Vensa Health (www.vensa.com), a leading New Zealand digital health company, has partnered with online directory service Healthpoint (www.healthpoint.co.nz). Healthpoint has enabled access to the online directory using a FHIR®-compatible application programming interface gateway.
Vensa is on a mission to make primary care more accessible, affordable and convenient via the vensa.com platform along with its partners. Vensa Health has integrated the Healthpoint API into their Repeat Prescription vensa.com application. In recognition of the sector now feeling the aftermath of COVID, with half of the GP workforce reporting burnout, technology becomes a very important equaliser.
Patients can order their repeat script requests for themselves and their whānau and search for the nearest pharmacy based on their geo-location on their mobile, giving patients control of medication collection and timely access to medicines. In addition, the partnership enables medical centres using vensa.com to search and nominate a default pharmacy for medication collection when a patient orders a repeat script online.
The repeat prescription service is designed to be whānau centred, allowing households belonging to multiple facilities to control and manage the health of whānau from a single user profile. The pharmacy selection allows for rapid processing of the Repeat Script at the medical centre, and with plans for integration into New Zealand Electronic Prescribing Service (NZePS), the service will be further streamlined.
Healthpoint’s API infrastructure is built on the Amazon API Gateway according to the HL7® FHIR® standard which provides an easy method for third party applications, websites and health organisations to obtain content from the Healthpoint website, specifically according to their content needs.
The pharmacy data from Healthpoint is updated daily to ensure patients receive accurate and up-to-date information when ordering their repeat scripts. The Healthpoint directory receives approx 1 million viewers monthly and in 2022 impacted more than 15 million users nationwide.
Healthpoint Chief Compliance officer (CCO) John Williams said it was a long-standing goal of Healthpoint to have the directory content shared across the health system. The API will provide Vensa.com with an easy-to-use, scalable gateway for patient users to access provider information.
“Working with organisations such as Vensa to achieve integration of the Healthpoint directory is testimony that using nationally approved standards that are very developer-friendly and require little integration effort make sense for the future interoperability of digital health,” Mr Williams said.
“We are already seeing Healthpoint being more widely integrated with New Zealand healthcare.”
Vensa Health founder & managing director Ahmad Jubbawey said access to a structured directory is one area of being more whānau-centric to truly put the patient at the centre, whether they want the medications delivered or collected from a nearby pharmacy while they are on holiday.
“It is great to have the use of common FHIR standards to break down barriers of interoperability. At the end of the day, it's about being patient-centric to give whānau access to the care they need and remove barriers by creating capability and capacity for practice teams”.
Vensa currently supports 55% of General Practice Clinics nationally and impacts 3.6 million mobile numbers. Their patient portal registrations are growing rapidly and are currently in excess of 60,000.
Vensa Health is on a mission of improving accessibility, affordability and promoting continuity of care between primary care providers and the community they serve.
Vensa delivers their technology on the vensa.com platform, designed as an infrastructure service, putting the patient at the centre of health providers with interdependencies into various health assets (PMS, government assets, labs, pharmacies, payment providers, digital identity, financing etc.). The platform impacts close to 3.6m people annually.
Ahmad Jubbawey +6421440329 | AJubbawey@vensa.com
For almost 20 years, Healthpoint has built up strong relationships between their team and health service providers across Aotearoa with the Healthpoint directory of health and social services. Its success is due to very strong and consistent delivery of approachable and professional customer support for service providers, enabled by world-leading technology.
As well as the exacting nature of the data and its shareability, the vital part of the directory is the technology that enables service providers to communicate with their communities, in a personalised way. This empowers them to have a clear and authentic voice.
Healthpoint works with health and social service partners to understand their sector, programme, or initiative, and map out their solution. By marrying Healthpoint’s expertise in data structure and website design with the expert advice of the partner, a framework is developed and then visualised. Key to this process is the subsequent engagement with providers, necessary to validate and enrich the information for a comprehensive, accurate and useable solution. Collaboration is key, the technology is simply the enabler.
The strength of the system is that the content is owned by the services. They have full control over their language, their information, their intellectual property.
John Williams +64 21 316 738 | John@healthpoint.co.nz