Cerner EMM win for Concord Hospital heralds statewide roll-out

The implementation of Cerner's electronic medications management (EMM) module at Concord Hospital in Sydney picked up the NSW Minister for Health's top award for innovation on Monday, heralding the beginning of the statewide roll-out of EMM in 28 major hospitals over the next few years.

Concord Hospital has been extensively trialling EMM in its aged care wards and began a hospital-wide roll-out in May, completing the project at the Concord Centre for Mental Health in August.

EMM has also been trialled and is now being rolled out at the Children's Hospital at Westmead and Prince of Wales Hospital. According to eHealth NSW, six other sites are now on the radar for the roll-out.

At the NSW Health Awards, Health Minister Jillian Skinner said she was inspired by clinicians and support staff who are developing and implementing innovative models of care for their patients.

“Many of them are represented at this year’s awards but this medication system is a standout for me,” Ms Skinner said in a statement.

“When I visited Concord Hospital to witness it in operation, I was struck by the overwhelmingly positive response of staff. But, more than that, I saw the implications for the whole of health when it is replicated across the state.”

The roll-out at Concord is part of a 10-year, $170 million program for EMM in NSW, first announced by Ms Skinner in 2011. Earlier this year, Cerner was chosen as the vendor for the major part of the roll-out, aligning EMM with the state's plans to implement Cerner's EMR in many NSW hospitals.

Those health and hospital networks using an Orion EMR, namely Hunter New England and the Justice and Forensic Mental Health Network, have been provided with “an alternative path” to secure a suitable EMM vendor partner.

The main rival to Cerner's EMM system in NSW, CSC's MedChart, is understood to be a contender for these projects. MedChart has been used at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney for some years.

The Paper-Lite project at Blacktown Hospital was named as a finalist in the local solutions category of the awards.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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