HealthLink SecureIT gaining huge traction

HealthLink SecureIT is gaining huge traction with close to 1,000 sites around the country now using it.

The service gives health professionals easy and secure access to the private Connected Health network.

HealthLink has been a leading provider of access to Connected Health since its inception in 2005.

Unlike other Connected Health service providers, HealthLink offers three SecureIT options; Gateway (on premises firewall device), HealthLink SecureIT Cloud (enables access from Could-based systems) and Enterprise (rack-mounted for large on-premises installations).


Cyber security top of mind

HealthLink client manager Mike Harvey says cyber security is an increasing concern for the health sector, as evidenced by recent cyber attacks.

“Security is of utmost importance to the health sector and HealthLink SecureIT adds a crucial layer of protection against the ongoing threat of cyber-attacks,” Mike says.

“HealthLink’s SonicWall firewall solution delivers superior protection and is at the forefront of security technology.”

Customer support is available from HealthLink’s local team in Newmarket in Auckland.

“SecureIT is incredibly reliable. However, if support is needed then expert assistance is just a phone call away.”


Reliable and cost-effective

Mike says GPs, and more recently pharmacies, are benefitting hugely from SecureIT because of its reliability and cost-effectiveness.

Key features include meeting key health sector security standards, integration with other HealthLink services, automatic updating of virus protection software and flexible configuration to meet an organisation’s unique requirements.

“SecureIT is a premium, fully managed solution designed for healthcare organisations wanting to comprehensively utilise internet access in a secure and reliable manner and its success is being reflected in the uptake of users that we are seeing.”


For more information about HealthLink SecureIT, phone 0800 288 887, visit HealthLink’s website or email [email protected].

New eReferral form for the Cannabis Clinic

The Cannabis Clinic opened in 2018 in Takapuna on Auckland’s North Shore and has already seen more than 10,000 Kiwis from around the country.

eReferrals can now be made to the Cannabis Clinic using CareSelect.

Cannabis Clinic founder Dr Waseem Alzaher says demand is growing for medicinal cannabis, which is used to assist with mild to severe health conditions.

“We see a wide range of people from kids to adults, professionals, people at the end of their life and everyone in between and we deal with a variety of symptoms ranging from mild to serious,” Waseem says.

“But the most common ailments we assist with are pain, anxiety and sleep problems like insomnia.”

The clinic employs 14 doctors and four nurses and consultations can be carried out face to face or online.


Taking the load off GPs

While GPs can prescribe medicinal cannabis, Waseem says the Cannabis Clinic has the expertise, resources and time to ensure patients are getting the best possible treatment plan and follow up care.

“If GPs refer patients through to us, it takes some of the potential pressure off GPs.”

Waseem says there is also a lot of paperwork for GPs, which the Cannabis Clinic takes care of when patients are referred to them.

“We are really lightening the load for GPs, otherwise it would be a huge time investment for a small number of patients.”

Waseem says some GPs may not know enough about medicinal cannabis to prescribe it with confidence.

“Or if a GP has a patient for whom pharmaceuticals aren’t having a positive effect, the patient is already self-medicating with cannabis, or they are having trouble building a trusting relationship with their patient, then the Cannabis Clinic is a good option.”


Incredible success stories

Waseem says the clinic has seen some amazing results and success stories.

“While medicinal cannabis is not for everyone and we don’t prescribe it to everyone, we’ve had some incredible success stories where ordinary people’s lives have been drastically improved and transformed.”

He says the Cannabis Clinic and its dedicated staff put a lot of energy and care into providing the service.

“If it’s possible to support a loved one with symptoms and make their life better with a safe and effective plant-based medicine, then that’s enough to say we are doing the right thing.”

The Cannabis Clinic is planning on opening new clinics in Christchurch and Nelson soon.

“We are looking for new doctors to meet the growing demand.”


How to refer to the Cannabis Clinic:

  • open the patient record
  • select the HealthLink icon
  • use the CareSelect search bar, type “Cannabis Clinic”
  • click “Compose Referral”.