Maternity information system delivered in the cloud

St Vincent's Private Hospital in Melbourne has installed a maternity information system for electronic maternity assessments that is believed to be the first such system delivered in the cloud.

The maternity system comprises several of Emerging Systems' EHS clinical information system solution modules, of which some are maternity-specific such as assessments, labour and birth record and maternity reporting.

A full maternity CIS will progressively be deployed throughout the hospital over the next 12 months, providing an electronic health record for maternity services.

Emerging Systems' clinical implementations group manager Bryan Macdonald said the hospital was also now able to automatically send birth registrations electronically to Births Deaths and Marriages Victoria, as well as send a print out and electronically submit a perinatal data extract to the state Department of Health.

Mr Macdonald said the first stage of the system roll-out allows midwives to utilise electronic assessments to capture antenatal, postnatal and newborn assessments.

"Then we implemented the maternity database to allow the midwives to collect intrapartum information for the types of delivery, the reasons for delivery, the outcomes of delivery and of the third stage, which is around the delivery of the placenta,” he said.

The module is similar to that used by South Australia Health for its Clinical Practice Support (CPS) system, which is used at the Lyell McEwin and Port Augusta hospitals for maternity-specific perinatal data collection.

“Functionally it is the same but what St Vincent's Private have done is developed their own assessments aligned with their current practice and also the information that they capture now on antenatal, postnatal and newborn baby assessments,” he said.

“And with the clinical maternity database, they changed that to support their requirements for clinical information collection.”

The next stage of the maternity roll-out will include the ability to record observations and diet requirements as part of its move to a full electronic health record.

And as EHS is fully eHealth-compliant, the next stage will also see work done on allowing the hospital to register newborns for an Individual Healthcare Identifier (IHI) through Medicare, Mr Macdonald said.

The maternity information system is provided as a software-as-a-service through a private cloud hosted in Sydney. Midwives in Melbourne can enter the data through workstations on wheels at the woman’s bedside.

In addition to St Vincent's Private in Melbourne, EHS is being rolled out throughout St Vincent's Health Australia (SVHA) 14 hospitals in Queensland, NSW and Victoria.

Emerging Systems has also just been selected to implement EHS for St John of God Health Care, commencing with the new 367-bed St John of God Midland public and private hospitals in Perth.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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