Epic implementation to headline hospital technology conference

The program manager for the implementation of the Epic electronic medical record at Melbourne's Royal Children’s Hospital will headline a two-day conference on using technology to improve healthcare efficiency as part of Australian Healthcare Week in Sydney in late March.

Jackie McLeod previously worked on the roll-out of parts of the Cerner Millennium system at Austin Health as well as the implementation of scanned medical records at Austin and Northern Health.

Epic was chosen last year after a competitive tender to replace paper medical records and electronic systems in ED and theatres with a full EMR, which will be used in all wards of the hospital. It also includes an appointment system for specialist clinics and theatres.

Ms McLeod will discuss developing the business case and the procurement process for the $48 million system, as well as discussing choice of vendor. She will also cover integrating with legacy systems, the change management process and minimising disruption to clinical practice.

The acting CIO of the Victorian Department of Health, Charles Burgess, will discuss the digital bridge between hospital-based EMRs and the PCEHR, as well as the strategic director of eHealth across hospitals and health districts.

Queensland Health's chief health information office, Mal Thatcher, will provide an overview of the current eHealth landscape in the state as well as the next steps planned, while Glenn Hokin, nurse manager for informatics at the Bundaberg Hospital will provide a nurse's perspective on data administration.

Case studies include one on the access and patient flow project at Gold Coast Health, the implementation of Emerging Systems' EHS clinical information system at St John of God Midland Hospital, and a talk from UnitingCare Queensland's Richard Royle about the newly opened St Stephen's Hervey Bay.

The CSIRO's Branko Celler will provide the latest data from the $5.5 million trial of the deployment of a broadband-enabled telehealth system for home monitoring of patients with chronic disease.

The Hospital Efficiency Through Technology conference will be held on March 24 and 25 as part of Australian Healthcare Week at the Australian Technology Park in Sydney.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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