St John begins national roll-out of touchscreen ePRF

St John New Zealand has begun the roll-out of its new electronic patient report form (ePRF) using technology from Irish firm Valentia Technologies, as part of a national move from paper records to an electronic clinical record for ambulance transfers of care.

Valentia's CareMonX ePRF suite went live last month in 60 ambulances in the Hauraki, Coromandel and Waikato districts, with the system to be rolled out to more than 600 vehicles by the end of March next year.

St John has already implemented Valentia’s resource mobilisation software CareMonX MDT in all ambulances nationally. The MDT provides a link between the ePRF and the CAD call-taking and response management system.

It also directly populates the ePRF with mobilisation and status data, according to Valentia.

The software is being deployed on Samsung Android tablet devices and will be used to create and transmit more than 400,000 digital care records annually, based on current incident volumes.

It has been integrated with NZ's National Health Identifier (NHI) to enable continuity of care beyond the pre-hospital environment and will allow St John to share relevant and timely information with other healthcare providers, including hospitals and GPs.

The system complies with a new interoperability standard developed by HISO for an ambulance care summary report (ACSR). These summaries will be held in St John's clinical data repository as PDFs that can be accessed online or printed out, and as HL7 CDA files that can be read by hospital clinical information systems.

In the future, the summaries will be accessible through the uniform clinical workstations being rolled out nationally in hospitals and through other shared care record systems. All clinical data is SNOMED coded and aligns to the NZ emergency care reference set.

St John is also using Valentia's contract management and billing system for real-time costing and invoicing.

Posted in New Zealand eHealth

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