South Island PICS gets the official go-ahead

The new South Island Patient Information Care System (SI PICS) has been given the official go-ahead from Health Minister Tony Ryall, with the start date for the roll out to begin next year.

SI PICS is a single patient management and administration system that is being introduced to all hospitals in the South Island and will replace systems such as HOMER that currently handles patient demographics, admissions, transfers and discharges.

The system is being built by Orion Health based on its Consult solution, a product suite that includes what was formerly known as Concerto. It aims to streamline the patient journey and help to coordinate care between different hospitals and providers and eventually reach out into community care.

The plan is to use the system to standardise patient flow across the five DHBs and will include data on patient demographics, appointments, clinical records, in-patient admissions, discharges and scheduling.

“Replacing each district health board’s patient information system with a single streamlined regional system will provide health professionals with more accurate information, and allow them to spend less time on administration and more time on caring for patients,” Mr Ryall said in a statement.

“It will also manage a number of patient services for district health boards, including patient appointments, admissions, discharges, and transfers.

“The new system will also be more timely and cost-efficient than the patient information systems it replaces. Together, the DHBs are expected to save around $40 million over the next 15 years.”

SI PICS will be introduced throughout South Island hospitals in stages, beginning in 2015 with Burwood Hospital in Christchurch and then with hospitals in the Nelson/Marlborough region.

A team from the South Island Alliance and Orion Health has been touring hospitals over the last few months to demonstrate the new system.

Posted in New Zealand eHealth

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