Justice Health goes live with Orion Health EMR

The NSW Justice Health & Forensic Mental Health Network (JH&FMHN) has gone live with a new electronic medical record suite from Orion Health, which promises to deliver a complete EMR to patients moving between correctional centres, courts and the community.

The network provides healthcare to adults and young people in contact with the forensic mental health and criminal justice systems, across community, inpatient and custodial settings.

The solution involves the use of Orion Health's Rhapsody integration engine to streamline and speed message handling between applications and the organisation’s patient administration system.

It also uses Orion Health’s clinical portal to provide a single entry point for all clinical users to access and contribute to the patient’s medical record. The aim is to provide clinicians and healthcare providers with a seamless view of all patient information, including a patient summary screen, problem and allergy information, and notifications of events integrated with electronic results reporting and clinical forms.

Orion's solution will provide a platform for Justice Health's migration to a computerised record and will contain a subset of information previously held in paper medical records, including patient details, medical conditions, appointments, pathology results, electronic forms and medicines prescribed.

The data is now held in one consolidated place and therefore available state-wide as opposed to being held in multiple paper files and standalone electronic registers. JH&FMHN is currently digitising paper-based health records and manual processes such as faxing and posting of pathology results.

The Orion Health deployment will support a centralised approach to receiving, disseminating, endorsing and actioning clinical results, and facilitate the continuum of care regardless of the patient’s location or the number of times the patient is transferred.

The network's CIO, Susan Harman, declined to be interviewed about the roll-out.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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