Orion wins South Island PAS tender, launches mobile app

Orion Health has won the tender to supply a single patient administration system to all hospitals and the five district health boards in New Zealand's South Island.

The South Island Alliance, a collaboration between the five South Island DHBs, officially announced it was replacing the eight independent PASs in June this year.

It issued an expression of interest in August and a shortlist of three was decided last month. CSC's iPM is used in two of the five DHBs, along with sunsetted solutions such as Homer.

The PAS project is part of the National Health IT Board's plans for all DHBs to have a single PAS for each of the four regions – Northern, Midland and Central in the North Island and Southern, encompassing the whole of the South Island – along with common systems for laboratory information systems, up-to-date pharmacy systems and improved RIS/PACS.

A South Island Alliance spokesperson said in the official announcement that the replacement of eight different systems with one would allow computer systems across the region to talk with each other effectively.

The spokesperson said several of the patient administration systems being used were due to reach the end of their product life cycle and some had been in use for more than 20 years. The first new systems are expected to be installed in late 2013.

South Island Alliance Information Services chairman Andrew Bowers said he was pleased with how the selection process had gone.

“We are confident our process is robust and that we have identified a provider we can work with to develop a truly innovative system,” Dr Bowers said. “This is not just replacing the incumbent patient administration systems with a similar one – it is an opportunity to implement a system that will address the changing ways that we deliver health over the next 20 years.”

The South Island has also begun the rollout of a single clinical portal across every hospital, based on Orion's Concerto technology.

Dr Bowers said the clinical portal would enable identical access to shared patient records in every DHB, via a standardised desktop with a single login. Concerto is also being used for Canterbury DHB's electronic shared care record viewer (eSCRV), which allows GPs, pharmacists and community nurses to view shared care records as well as hospital clinicians.

“The South Island DHBs collaborative approach to implementing a new patient administration model, along with the functionalities it will provide, are ground-breaking for New Zealand,” Dr Bowers said.

“This is a huge project that will result in a more streamlined patient journey through health services, from the community to the hospital and beyond, and coordinate care between different hospitals and care providers around the South Island.”

Orion has also launched a mobile app for Apple devices, which it says will provide clinical staff with real-time secure access to relevant and accurate patient information through its clinical portal clinical data repository solutions.

Features of the Orion Health Mobile include customised patient work lists, a real-time patient results viewer, efficient search functionality and direct patient drill-down capabilities, single-click functionality that gives users the ability to prioritise and mark particularly relevant results, and functionality for viewing and signing off on all relevant patient results and reports.

Orion has also launched a mobile enablement platform to allow hospitals and health systems to develop custom mobile applications through application programming interfaces (APIs).

This technology was used to help create NSW Health's eBlue Book app, which allows parents to track their newborns' growth charts and immunisations.

Orion Health Mobile is currently available for iPhone devices and the company is working on an iPad version.

Posted in New Zealand eHealth

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