Second SA hospital goes live with EPAS

Port Augusta Hospital has gone live with SA Health's Enterprise Patient Administration System (EPAS) integrated electronic health record, the second hospital in the planned roll-out of the Allscripts-designed system.

EPAS was implemented in Noarlunga Hospital in August, along with four GP Plus centres, SA Ambulance headquarters and a palliative care unit at the Repatriation General Hospital in Adelaide.

Metropolitan hospitals, including the tertiary facilities at Royal Adelaide, Flinders Medical Centre and Lyell McEwin, are planned to come online over the next year or so, along with Mt Gambier Hospital and other GP Plus centres and two GP Plus super clinics.

SA Health said 400 staff at Port Augusta received training over six weeks on the use of the new system. A 24/7 clinical solution support centre has also been set up to provide them with assistance to ensure the transition to EPAS goes smoothly.

SA Health chief medical officer Paddy Phillips said clinicians at Port Augusta would now be able to access medical records electronically and order tests, medications and review results from computers at the patient's bedside and other points of care around the hospital. SA Health has rolled out 3500 bedside computers throughout the state.

"Details of a patient's treatment plan, their test results and information about medications they may be taking will all be available on EPAS,” Professor Phillips said.

"Ultimately, if a patient goes to a metropolitan hospital for treatment their doctor from Port Augusta will be able to keep up to date and easily see immediately what care they are receiving in Adelaide."

SA has also opened two new operating theatres at Port Lincoln Hospital on the Eyre Peninsula equipped with telemedicine and teleconferencing facilities to allow local surgeons to collaborate with colleagues in Adelaide.

There are no plans as yet to implement EPAS at Port Lincoln or the other regional hospitals besides Mt Gambier.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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