GPs from around the country have praised an advanced piece of free software that allows them to book appointments and complete medical reports on-line while carrying out the consultation with patients.
Reportwriter has been produced by d2expert, medico legal reporting software, which is providing support to GPs, to deal with personal injury insurance claims.
Because Reportwriter is online, GPs compile the medical report during the examination and then instantaneously send it back to d2expert, which carries out the administration work freeing GPs to concentrate on examining claimants.
Dr Richard Fotiadis, a GP from London, said: “The main advantage of Reportwriter is that it is efficient and effective. Combined with its online diary functionality, it reduces my administration time and costs to virtually nothing.
“Previously it would have taken me an extra 30 minutes per claimant to arrange, dictate, check and sign off my reports. This is now time I can better spend seeing further claimants.”
Fellow GP, Dr Warwick Brindley, from Manchester, added: “The software is easy to use. Anyone with basic PC skills can learn to use Reportwriter very quickly.
“The report is laid out in pre-set format, which means that all I have to do is complete the relevant sections. However, it remains flexible with free text available at every juncture. This enables reports to be compiled quickly and accurately.”
The software, which is free to all GPs who sign up to a contract to take on eight appointments per month for personal injury claims, was launched in 2006.
To date, around 50 GPs around the country have signed up for this free package.
Reportwriter is the brainchild of Dr David Pearce who came up with the idea after finding that administration was taking up too much of his time. He said: “Having been involved in writing expert reports for 10 years, I am fully aware of the needs of the GP, the solicitor and the insurer to provide good quality reports at a reasonable cost.
“I along with other GPs always want to do what we do best, which is use our clinical knowledge to provide independent evidence to assist the Court in settling these claims. This programme allows exactly that – GPs examine claimants and someone else handles the paper work.
“With advances in secure e-communications, together with a team of people who understand the needs of doctors, we are, with this software, able to deliver exactly that service.”