Emerging Systems to roll out clinical platform for St Vincent's

Clinical information system vendor Emerging Systems has been selected to install its EHS platform throughout the St Vincent's Health Australia (SVHA) group.

SVHA operates four public hospitals, seven private hospitals and 10 aged care facilities in NSW, Queensland and Victoria, totalling over 2500 hospital beds and 1100 aged care places.

Emerging Systems has provided its EHS system to St Vincent's public and private hospitals in Sydney for a number of years, improving on and expanding the system originally designed by clinicians at St Vincent's Private.

The web-based solution provides functionality across all clinical areas from pre-admission to hospital through to post discharge. It also provides electronic pathology and radiology ordering, results viewing, multi-disciplinary progress notes and specialist referrals through to recording admission and discharge medications.

It was also the the first acute care system to link to the PCEHR, with clinicians at its hospitals in Sydney able to access patients' PCEHRs and upload discharge summaries.

It also links with GPs through its GP Connect module.

An Emerging Systems' spokesperson said the roll out will be gradual over the next five or so years, with each site identifying what it needs from the system.

“When fully implemented, this technology will support our goals of providing high quality person-centred care, improving clinical communication and providing our staff with access to a leading edge electronic medical record solution,” St Vincent’s Health Australia group CEO, Tracey Batten, said in a statement.

“Clinical staff will be able to electronically refer patients to other services and departments within the hospital reducing the time spent circulating and tracking paper. Providing tracking of the referral process alone enables more efficient care delivery reducing a patient’s length of stay in hospital.”

Dr Batten said SVHA had established a competitive tender process involving comprehensive presentations to clinicians. It is understood Emerging Systems was selected over a large, US-based company.

“Emerging Systems’ solution allows us to integrate with our other hospital systems and provides an efficient workflow reducing the cost to our organisation while improving communication between clinicians,” Dr Batten said.

The win follows the recent announcement that Emerging Systems is working St Vincent's & Mater Health Sydney to co-develop a new patient administration system, which will integrate with EHS.

Emerging Systems CEO Russel Duncan said the health informatics market in Australia was very competitive. “SVHA made it very clear that quality, efficiency and on-going service were key decision factors and that our EHS product suite demonstrated these qualities throughout the tender process,” he said.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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