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Fact Sheets extends the quality of patient education in self-management within a 15-minute consult. I'm an instant convert.
- Dr. Denise Gibb, WA
The links provided in many of the fact sheets are also helpful as they are validated and help stop erroneous information being given to the patient. - Dr. Nick Martin, NSW
* HealthShare patient survey 2014
The Fact Sheets tool is a new resource in Medical Director's Sidebar. It provides an easy way to access a wide range of high quality clinical fact sheets. Integrated with Medical Director, the Fact Sheets tool enables you to find the fact sheet you need and share it with you patients at the time of clinical consultation.
The collection comprises fact sheets on medical conditions, medications, medical/surgical procedures and patient support programs. Both patient education and GP education fact sheets have been included. GP education fact sheets contain more detailed medical information but may also contain information on specific pharmaceutical brands. There are also clinical flowcharts available for the GPs' quick reference. The GP fact sheets are not designed to be distributed to patients (and are clearly marked as such).
The fact sheets come from government-funded sources, professional organisations, not-for-profit organisations and pharmaceutical companies. They have been chosen for their relevance, quality and clinical utility.
The information on our fact sheets comes from a wide range of reputable sources including government organisations (e.g., Better Health Channel), professional organisations (e.g., Australian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, ASCIA), not-for-profit organisations (e.g., Beyond Blue), and major pharmaceutical companies. The fact sheets are then peer-reviewed and curated by our in-house medical team, comprising our Medical Director (a practising GP) and health officers before they are made available on the tool.
The Fact Sheets tool is already installed in Medical Director. It appears as a teal 'FACT SHEETS' button on the top right corner of the Medical Director screen. Click this button to get started with the tool. View Screenshot
You can look for a fact sheet on a particular topic via the Search screen of the Fact Sheets tool. The Search screen is accessed by clicking on the tab marked 'Search' at the top of the tool. It has an autocomplete function that makes it easier to find the topic you are interested in. As you begin to type, the tool will display a list of matching fact sheet topics. You can then scroll down and click on the topic that you are looking for. From there, choose the relevant individual fact sheet. View Screenshot
Alternatively, the tool auto suggests fact sheets matching your subject of consultation when you enter a reason for contact in the patient notes. Similarly, product fact sheets are auto prompted when you prescribe a particular medication. You can see these by clicking on the 'Suggested' tab in the fact sheets tool.
Once you have selected a fact sheet, the tool will take you to the individual fact sheet page. From here click on the 'Open fact sheet' button on the toolbar to open and review the content of the fact sheet. The fact sheet will open in a new window. View Screenshot
To print out a fact sheet, first open it by clicking the 'Open fact sheet' button on the individual fact sheet page. The fact sheet will open up in a new web browser window. You can then use the browser's print controls to print out the fact sheet, or press Ctrl + P.
In order to record in the patient's Progress notes that you have printed out a fact sheet, click on the 'Mark as printed' button that will appear on the individual fact sheet page after the fact sheet has been opened.
Note: There is a chance that the fact sheet will open up in Adobe Acrobat instead of your web browser if you have changed the default settings on your computer. If this is case you will need to use Acrobat's print controls, or press Ctrl + P to print the fact sheet. View Screenshots
You can email a fact sheet to a patient from the individual fact sheet page. First click on the 'Email fact sheet' button on the individual fact sheet page. The tool will take you to a page where the patient's email address can be entered. If the patient's email address is already stored in their Medical Director file it will be automatically entered in the email address input.
Once the correct email address has been entered click the 'Send' button. An email will be sent from the address email@example.com to the patient's Inbox containing a link to the selected fact sheet (please note that the fact sheet WILL NOT be sent from your own email address).
Once you have clicked the Send button, your patient's Progress notes will be automatically updated. View Screenshots
Whether you print or email the selected fact sheet, your actions can be recorded in the patient's Progress notes, completing their medical record. To record that you have printed a fact sheet click on 'Mark fact sheet as printed' once you have opened and printed a fact sheet. If you have emailed a fact sheet, your patient's Progress notes will be automatically updated. You do not need to take any further actions. View Screenshot
The HealthShare Fact Sheets tool suggests fact sheets that are likely to be relevant to your clinical consultation. These suggestions appear in the 'Suggested' screen. When you select a reason for visit in the patient progress notes, factsheets on that topic will appear on the Suggested screen. Similarly, when a medication is prescribed, the matching product information fact sheet will appear on the Suggested screen. View Screenshot
To add a fact sheet to your list of favourites, first open an individual fact sheet page. Then click on the 'Save to favourites' button on the page. The fact sheet then gets saved to the list of Favourites which you can access by clicking on the 'Favourites' tab at the top of the fact sheets tool page. View Screenshots
You can remove a fact sheet from your Favourites list at any time by clicking the 'Remove from favourites' button in the toolbar on an individual fact sheet page. View Screenshot
Although we have carefully selected our factsheets, we know that there are many more clinically valuable fact sheets used by Australian GPs. If you have any suggestions as to fact sheets you would like to see included in the HealthShare fact sheet collection, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are continuously trying to improve the Fact Sheets tool and are keen to hear what you think about it. If you have any comments, suggestions or ideas click on the Feedback button, located at the bottom left of each of the Fact Sheets tool screens (beside the Help button). If you would like to send us feedback now click here.
HealthShare has a suite of products aimed at helping Australians make better health decisions. HealthShare's free GP tools are integrated into GPs' clinical management software. Further information about HealthShare can be found here.