3249: THE DANISH LINK PORTAL PROJECT. HOW THE GP DURING THE CONSULTATION OBTAINS INFORMATION ABOUT PATIENT CARE IN INTERNET DATABASES

Author(s): 
Schroll, Henrik; Soendergaard, Jens; Friborg, Soren
Text: 
Poster
INTRODUCTION: During consultations, GPs often need information such as diagnosis criteria, treatment guidelines and medical examinations prior to referral. But an aver age consultation of ten minute leaves little space for information search. About 90% of Danish GPs use electronic patient record systems and have access to the Internet and communication lines to hospitals and pharmacies. The aim of this project is to create an electronic link from the GPs PC to specific and comprehensive information, retrievable during consultations.
METHOD: Connection to an Internet site named the "Link Portal", presenting information, relevant to the ICPC-code, is made possible by the GP just entering the ICPC code in the patients' electronic patient record. The connection is made possible through the ICPC-coding of nearly 10.000 documents.
RESULTS: The technique is currently being tested in a pilot project. Ten clinics (employing 23 GPs, serving 34.500 patients) have access to the facility. From summer 2004, the majority of 3500 Danish GPs will gain access to the "Link Portal."
CONCLUSION: The pilot project proves that the technique can be used during consultations, presenting updated and relevant information to GPs by a few entries on the keyboard. However, it is not feasible to apply ICPC-codes to all documents, and some ICPC-codes are not sufficiently specific to structure information. Some of these problems may be solved by applying the ICD10 coding system.
Topic: Clinical Practice