Last Friday the HealthShare conference was held in Sydney, showcasing the exciting path that NSW Health is taking towards a more cohesive, responsive and reliable Healthcare network.
The conference was a great opportunity to learn more about HealthShare’s current and future projects and it is clear from the scope of the initiatives already at play that NSW Health is well on its way along the eMR journey.
Some of the most pertinent current projects presented were:
NSW Health have spent 1.5 billion dollars on ICT over 10 years because delivering e-Health without the right infrastructure is impossible. The eMR roll-out in NSW is the largest in breadth and rivals some North American roll-outs for size and complexity. Different districts are at various stages of this complex project.
eMM: (Electronic Medication Management)
Prevention and reduction of medication prescribing and administration errors. This system is being piloted at Concord Hospital. The aim is to reduce errors where medications have similar names, highlight inappropriate doses and drug interactions.
Connecting the GP referral to the hospital and back.
Key Issues for the future include:
· Firewalls and how to integrate services
· Integration of bringing you own devices (BYOD). Clinicians and many staff are mobile and they want to be able to access information work more effectively on the move. To date they have been using their own devices to share photographs (e.g. wounds, sutures) with colleagues for second opinions or management advice. Policy makers and IT groups need to work with clinicians to create better and more secure solutions for this kind of activity.
Overall there are many exciting initiatives on the horizon, with many pieces of the puzzle yet to be integrated with one another.
Many thanks to everyone who visited us at the Telstra stand.