Bendigo Health to roll out Vitro for digital medical record
Victoria's Bendigo Health has chosen Slainte Healthcare's Vitro software as the digital medical record (DMR) component of its overall electronic medical record (EMR) project.
Bendigo Health will begin implementing Vitro immediately to begin the process of digitising Bendigo Hospital's paper-based processes and forms, with the roll-out expected to be complete in less than 12 months.
Bendigo Hospital is currently undergoing a $630 million redevelopment, which will see a new 372-bed hospital built adjacent to the existing hospital along with an 80-bed psychiatric unit, 72 same day beds and an integrated cancer centre. A conference centre, helipad and 128-room hotel will then be constructed on the existing site when the new hospital is complete.
Vitro has the capability to work as an electronic patient chart, replicating paper forms digitally and linking with other electronic systems such as the patient administration system. Bendigo Health's executive director of information services, Bruce Winzar, said this will reduce duplication of information and is the beginning of the health service's journey to eliminate paper medical records.
“The new hospital has been designed to be paper light upon opening and in order to achieve this we must implement an EMR, of which the digital medical record is a key part,” Mr Winzar said.
“This means clinicians will be able to view any paper forms or patient medical records via an electronic device anywhere in the new hospital via a single clinical portal.”
Slainte Healthcare's commercial director, Jeff Smoot, said the software had the capability to be implemented rapidly with quick user adoption.
“With Vitro, we are looking forward to delivering a range of benefits for both patients and clinicians at Bendigo including improving clinical access to patient information, increasing the security of information, financial efficiencies and data protection,” Mr Smoot said.
Vitro has been implemented as the electronic patient chart at Calvary's Bethlehem Hospital in Melbourne and is also being rolled out to 11 other hospitals in the group. It is also used as a paperless chart at the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse cancer centre in Sydney.
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