Program finds potential hep B patients

GPs will soon be able to identify patients at risk of hepatitis B more easily using a new desktop tool.

Designed by Dr Julie Wang, a Melbourne GP and researcher at Burnet Institute, the tool creates refined lists of at-risk patients using searches of common Asia-Pacific names, excluding those already tested.

Three Melbourne practices are currently involved in a pilot program to assess its usefulness in increasing testing and vaccination rates for at-risk populations.

It is estimated there are more than 200,000 cases of hepatitis B in Australia.

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