MEDITECH begins roll-out of first clinical modules at Chris O'Brien Lifehouse

EMR vendor MEDITECH has begun the first Australian installation of its clinical suite at Chris O'Brien Lifehouse cancer hospital in Sydney.

Best known in Australia for providing patient administration and billing systems for Ramsay Health Care hospitals, MEDITECH has also had its full suite of patient administration modules implemented at Lifehouse for some time.

The 125-bed hospital provides a range of cancer surgery, medical oncology and radiation therapy services as well as supportive care and integrative medicine.

MEDITECH is now rolling out pharmacy and oncology modules, along with a patient and consumer health portal. One of the objectives is to enable the electronic ordering of chemotherapeutic medications and treatment plans, which will eliminate the current manual, paper-based process and provide a full audit record for such orders within the patient chart.

MEDITECH's Asia Pacific sales director Rob Barley said the roll-out was taking an incremental approach. “We are not a big pushy EMR,” Mr Barley said. “We are much happier to work at an agreed pace.”

MEDITECH currently has the full suite of patient administration modules up and running, handling admissions, patient registration, billing, casemix coding, referral management and scheduling.

“We've also been doing a little bit in terms of clinical stuff, including working collaboratively with the Lifehouse team on electronic pathology ordering along with electronic receipt of results,” Mr Barley said.

“The big step for them now is to move into a fully integrated suite of pharmacy, materials management – which includes stock control for pharmacy – and oncology.”

A patient portal is also on the cards, Mr Barley said. “A lot of patients are scheduled to come in and there's a lot of documentation that they have to fill out prior to their appointments, so we will be providing access to that through a patient portal.”

Down the track, there are hopes to do some electronic information sharing with Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, with which Lifehouse is co-located and which uses NSW's Cerner-based eMR.

The implementation is currently underway and the hope is it will be complete within six months.

Posted in Australian eHealth

Tags: Meditech, Chris O'Brien Lifehouse

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