NSW local health districts go live with PCEHR clinical portal

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Five local health districts (LHDs) in NSW are now able to access patients' PCEHRs through the NSW Health Clinical Portal, which allows hospital and community clinicians to view health information through commonly used software packages.

Western Sydney, Nepean Blue Mountains, South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra Shoalhaven LHDs and the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network now have access to the information through Cerner's PowerChart electronic medical record and FirstNet emergency department system, as well as the CHIME community care system.

In addition to patients' PCEHRs, clinicians can also view diagnostic images and reports contained in NSW Health's enterprise imaging repository (EIR), which went live last year.

Access to the information is enabled by an enterprise patient registry that links the different health identifiers used by hospitals, such as the patient's medical record number (MRN), to the national Healthcare Identifiers (HI) Service.

Clinicians need only click on a link that is now appearing in Cerner's flowsheet. They are automatically linked into the read-only NSW Health Clinical Portal, which has been built by Orion Health.

According to an integration document prepared by NSW Health, some hospitals within the LHDs are also now able to send electronic discharge summaries to the PCEHR.

This was previously only possible in NSW at St Vincent's Hospital in Darlinghurst, which has allowed its clinicians to view patients' PCEHRs from within its clinician information system since late last year. It is also uploading discharge summaries for all patients who have a PCEHR through the Emerging Systems CIS.

The NSW Health integration document states that through the clinical portal, authorised clinicians will be able to view:

  • patient demographics, including all known patient identifiers from hospitals across the state
  • discharge summaries from the Children’s Hospital Westmead and hospitals in the Western Sydney, Nepean Blue Mountains, South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra Shoalhaven LHDs
  • emergency department, inpatient and outpatient visit histories from participating hospitals
  • event summaries from public community health services in Western Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains LHDs
  • radiological images and their associated reports
  • the eBlue Book, if a child is from participating LHDs in Western Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains and their parents have elected to have an eBlue Book for their child
  • allergies, adverse reactions and alerts.

The clinical portal is part of the HealtheNet project, which has been championed by NSW Health CIO Greg Wells. Mr Wells, who was appointed CIO in 2009, is leaving Health to take up a position at the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) later this month.

Posted in Australian eHealth

Comments   

# Colin Jones 2013-10-01 14:06
And again NSW leads their Mexican cousins! In Mexico we sit with an incompetent Minister and no eHealth strategy or funding.

Go NSW!

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