Blacktown Hospital goes fully electronic with mobile Paper-Lite

Western Sydney's Blacktown Hospital has gone live in all clinical units with a fully electronic medical record system for new patients that can be accessed on a range of devices, including iPads, smartphones and computers on wheels (COWs), at the patient's bedside.

Called Paper-Lite, the fully mobile system allows medical, nursing and allied health clinicians to access patient information from the existing Cerner EMR at the point of care, as well as document assessments and progress notes, create pathology, imaging and dietary electronic orders, and view discharge summaries and consultation notes. The project also involves improvements and new functionality to Cerner.

Clinicians can access the system wirelessly on their own devices or through laptops and COWs. All existing paper medical records and forms that cannot be made electronic are being scanned and incorporated into the system.

Blacktown Hospital's information technology services (ITS) program manager Bill Rogan said that while Paper-Lite has been built for use with the Cerner application, many of the components have been built internally or by eHealth NSW.

This includes the well-regarded Between the Flags observation chart for nurses, which is integrated into Cerner, as well as an electronic dashboard for all active emergency theatre booking forms or green sheets.

A new patient summary is also included, called mPage, along with new forms for nursing and social work, allied health discharge summaries and clinical documentation for physiotherapy.

The project kicked off 18 months ago with a view to getting all clinical units electronic before the opening of the hospital's new Clinical Services Building in October next year. The new building is part of the $322 million Blacktown Mount Druitt Hospital (BMDH) redevelopment and is being built with no storage space for traditional paper records.

It went live in the B42 Surgical unit on July 29, with all new patients documented electronically from that day. The other 15 clinical units and departments then followed throughout August, with all up and running by September 2.

It is now set to be rolled out by the Western Sydney Local Health District at Mount Druitt and Auburn hospitals. Blacktown Hospital believes it is the first to go fully electronic in NSW.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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