Credit: eHealth NSW

Credit: eHealth NSW

eHealth NSW’s enhanced electronic medical record expands to more hospitals

Australia’s eHealth NSW recently announced that the second phase its electronic medical record (eMR2) has expanded to enhance patient care at 2 more hospitals in South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD).  

The eMR2 is the extension of the electronic record of a patient’s medical information to support their care during a hospital stay.

Completed in 2011, the first phase of the eMR delivered the foundation electronic medical record to emergency departments and operating theatres as well as limited electronic functionality to the wards.

eMR2 extends the foundation eMR and introduces electronic clinical documentation for patients in hospitals. It provides a broad range of core clinical documentation such as comprehensive clinical risk assessments, checklists, progress notes, clinical summary and patient history.

At the moment, more than 88% of the NSW public hospitals scheduled for eMR2 are now live, representing 157 of 178 sites in scope state-wide.

The first hospital in the South Western Sydney LHD to use eMR2 was Bankstown Hospital, followed by Liverpool in last November, and now Campbelltown and Camden.

Following a series of smooth go-lives in February, Campbelltown and Camden Hospitals implemented eMR2 in 39 inpatient wards, 55 hospital-wide services and 115 outpatient clinics. The 2 hospitals have a combined total of 380 beds for patients.

Program Director of eHealth NSW’s eMR Connect Program Rick Turner said: “It is great to see South Western Sydney LHD making good progress with its eMR2 roll-out. The implementations have been well planned and executed, leading to better care for their patients.”

The introduction of eMR2 allows 2,500 clinicians and authorised patient care personnel in Campbelltown and Camden Hospitals to view on an electronic device information that would previously have been recorded on paper.

Dr Richard Cracknell, Director of Camden and Campbelltown Hospital’s Emergency Departments (ED) shared the hospitals’ experience in adopting eMR2, which he described as “a seamless transition”.

“When we moved across to eMR2, we had over 90% of staff trained. The online observations and improved sign-out processes provided immediate safety benefits to our patients,” said Dr Cracknell.

“In a busy unit like the ED, change is always a high-risk endeavour, as our patients keep arriving regardless. I commend the eMR2 team and the ED staff for making such a seamless and safe transition to the new software,” he continued.

At the same time, Operational Nurse Manager Mr Scott Metcalfe attributed the success of eMR2 integration at Campbelltown and Camden to the “systematic approach taken by the project team, as well as a 100% investment from our staff”.

“The phase-in of eMR2 across 2 hospital campuses is no small feat, but as a team we were able to identify challenges early in the planning phase and implement processes to address them, ensuring an almost flawless roll-out,” Mr Metcalfe said.

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