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TWO WA-based technology providers have linked their resources and developed a system with the potential to revolutionise management of the medical world.

B2B.net Technologies, which has developed a product called Electronic Health Record Link, and Medical Windows Australia, which has developed MedWin, plan to work in partnership to deliver the next generation of on-line practice management systems to health professionals.

B2B’s EHR Link is an online system that gives health providers access to centralised data management.

EHR Link is similar to an Application Service Provider, an online system that allows users to ‘rent’ management software rather than spending big dollars on purchasing and maintaining the products themselves.

One of the applications that will be available through B2B’s EHR Link is MWA’s MedWin practice management software for health professionals.

The EHR Link will allow hundreds of practices to be linked via the Internet, a cost-effective alternative to Wide Area Network systems that require more infrastructure.

Health professionals will be able to log on to the Internet and into the EHR Link using a series of customised passwords that will allow them access to their patient records and practice information. This information is managed and organised using the MedWin software.

B2B chief executive officer Chris de Beyer said corporate health providers, such as Mayne Health, were likely to consider EHR Link a management solution as it could easily link hundreds of small practices within the group.

Mr de Beyer said the EHR Link was about introducing the medical world to the next generation of practice management solutions.

“It is about bringing information and communication technology to an industry which has been left way behind in management solutions,” Mr de Beyer said.

MWA client services director Gary Smith agreed.

“In terms of research and development, the medical world is at the forefront,” Mr Smith said.

“But when you look at their administration processes, they are very conservative … but that is because practice management is not their specialty.

“And doctors and specialists have always been conservative when it comes to looking after their patients and patient records.”

B2B will offer several applications via the EHR Link, but chose to offer MedWin as a practice management solution because of its existing popularity in Australian health services. Nationally, more than 1300 health practices use the MedWin software, including Ramsay Health Care Group hospitals, Greenslopes Hospital, Queensland and Albert Road Clinic, Victoria

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