How to go live with a $124m EMR in three hospitals in the middle of a pandemic

Going from paper to paperless and live with a complex electronic medical record, in one day, in one big bang, in three hospitals simultaneously, might be considered rather ambitious. In the middle of a global pandemic, it is probably unprecedented.

That is the story of the big bang implementation of an Epic EMR at Royal Melbourne Hospital, Royal Women's Hospital and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in early August, as Victoria went into stage four restrictions and RMH was at the epicentre of caring for thousands of people in the North Melbourne towers lockdown.

Posted in Australian eHealth

Tags: Royal Melbourne Hospital, Epic, Royal Children's Hospital, Parkville precinct


0 # Terry Hannan 2020-12-02 11:33
It is good to read about the evolution of this Melbourne project from the Royal Children's Hospital. This report emphasizes the stress related to the implementation of complex EMRs into the clinical environment and the need for adaptability for ALL, including the system itself, is critical for success. A similar process and the lessons learned were reported on the use of an Open Source EMR in the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone and the Boston marathon disaster. Dr Jonathan Teich, Harvard University, wrote on how to manage these crises with one word: "preparedness". He continued, "When disasters strikes, the medical team needs to know what will happen when patients start arriving. They need to know where patients will be, have access to the resources they’ll need and be prepared for fluid situations.“It’ s important to avoid confusion and get everyone up to speed." This would sem to have happened in Melbourne.
+1 # Jonathan Ordman 2020-12-03 08:29
Amazing achievement under extremely challenging circumstances. Kudos to the entire team for making this happen.

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