Integrated operations centre goes live at Capital & Coast

Capital & Coast District Health Board has opened its integrated operations centre (IOC) for Kenepuru and Wellington hospitals to manage activity and coordinate responses.

Over the next nine months, the TrendCare patient acuity, workforce planning and workload management system will be rolled out, along with electronic whiteboards at the ward level to assist clinical decision making.

The idea is to enable key teams to use real-time information for clinical and operational decision making across the organisation.

Capital & Coast DHB interim chief executive Debbie Chin said the IOC was “a ‘whole of hospital’ commitment to better patient outcomes and safe staffing levels.

“We know that collaboration is key when it comes to ensuring shorter, safer journeys for hospital patients and an environment like this brings the whole organisation together to achieve that,” Ms Chin said.

“At a practical level this means utilising high tech screens, which display information to provide a better understanding of bed occupancy, patient care needs and staffing requirements.”

Hutt Valley DHB is also using electronic whiteboards to good effect, she said.

The 3DHBs – Capital & Coast, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa – are also nearing a decision on the implementation of an integrated laboratory service that will see laboratory services across the three DHBs operate as one integrated system for both the community and hospital sectors.

A request for proposal has gone out for the new service, one requirement of which is the ability for referrers to access any patient’s test result regardless of where they are in the healthcare system, preferably through the development of a single data repository for the 3DHBs.

Posted in New Zealand eHealth

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