Emerging Systems to co-develop PAS with St Vincent's

Sydney-based IT company Emerging Systems has announced it is co-developing a new patient administration system (PAS) with long-time client St Vincent’s & Mater Health, Sydney (SV&MHS).

Emerging Systems' CEO Russel Duncan said the new PAS will integrate with its EHS clinical information system and will be built with a clinical rather than an administrative focus.

EHS, known internally as deLacy, was initially developed by clinicians at St Vincent's Private Hospital and has been used for over a decade throughout St Vincent's public and private facilities.

Emerging Systems has since commercialised, web-enabled and enhanced the system, and was the first acute care software provider to develop an interface to the PCEHR. It has also integrated with several GP software systems to allow electronic delivery and viewing of standardised discharge summaries, eReferrals, specialist letters and event summaries.

In a statement, SV&MHS CIO David Roffe said that having one connected system of patient administration and clinical management will provide significant benefits internally within the healthcare group.

“Currently, we have issues surrounding disparate systems which hamper productivity and are costly to maintain which we wish to resolve,” Mr Roffe said.

“Most importantly, providing greater levels of integration between the new PAS and EHS clinical system will enhance patient management and clinical outcomes. There will be multiple benefits, for example when patients are being prepared for discharge, the Patient Flow Manager will be able to view, monitor and coordinate available bed functions from a clinical perspective in real time.”

Mr Roffe said that once integrated with the CIS, the new PAS will also be integrated into St Vincent's clinical portal.

Emerging Systems said the delivery of the new PAS will be phased so that priority elements can be implemented while others are being developed.

In the first phase, the existing HOSPAS patient administration and OPMS outpatient bookings systems will be replaced, along with medical records tracking (MRT) at St Vincent’s Public Hospital.

In the second phase, it will replace theatre management, internal PAS systems and MRT at St Vincent's Private.

The new system will provide enhanced functionality for referral management, waiting lists, coordinated bookings, inpatient management, bed management, appointment scheduling, outpatient clinic management, clinical coding, clinical and administrative workflow and NSW Ministry of Health compliance reporting.

It will also support activity-based costing at St Vincent's.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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