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For GPs who deal with a host of ailments and don’t see many patients with hepatitis C, lack of familiarity with treatment guidelines and specialist support pathways are barriers to prescribing.

survey of GPs by the Royal Australian College of General Practice (RACGP) identified a need to develop “user-friendly, ‘in-consultation’ pathways for GPs not experienced in the treatment of HCV”.

HealthELink is a web-based platform developed by doctors for doctors in response to this need. The online tool connects the GP, specialist, hepatitis nurse and patient together facilitating communication and decision-making in the treating hepatitis C. It provides secure messaging between GPs, specialists and nurses; and patients can login and view their treatment plan, mark tasks as complete and message their viral hepatitis nurse.

HealthELink is currently recruiting GPs for a multi-centre trial involving tertiary hospitals and referring GPs in the Northern Territory, South Australia and Victoria.

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