How hospitals can boost productivity

Hospital clinicians could be wasting two weeks of every working year jumping between the different technologies needed to do their job if IT systems are not adequately integrated, according to feedback provided to IP Health.

IP Health Chief Business Development Officer, Chris De Sair, said the productivity wastage could be as high as five percent,

Clinician performed medical photography, is privacy the only issue?

What is clinician performed medical photography? The earliest reference to medical photography appears in 1840 when Alfred Francois Donne, a Parisian doctor, photographed sections of bones and teeth. Since that time it has become a distinct discipline of photography, taking advantage of great advances in camera technology. Today many hospitals employ trained specialised photographers.


V-Photo for big and small Hospitals

Hospitals big and small need to balance practicality, clinical expediency and adherence to policy amongst their staff to best serve the interests of patients.  Inside a hospital, clinicians, administrators and other healthcare professionals all have many of the same business problems regardless of organisation size. When procedures and methods are cumbersome, time poor clinicians will seek workarounds.

What GP Liaison Offices say about Referral Management

As part of our ongoing work with GP Liaison Officers across Australia we conducted a survey to find out what tools and resources are being used for referral management and what would make this important work easier, quicker and safer. If you would like further information about an electronic referral management solution please contact us.

Solving the Referral dilemma

The first step of a patient’s hospital journey is with a referral. Often it’s not a straightforward beginning. The clear lines of communication between GPs and hospitals are frequently blurred and the manual paper-based workflow is time consuming and error prone.

As part of our work on referral management we speak to a range of health services across the referral process.

Verdi receives perfect results in study

A study using Verdi software at the Mater Mothers Hospital in Brisbane has shown that all test results are viewed with the majority being within 24 hours. The authors note that this level of results acknowledgement (RA) is unprecedented compared to any paper based systems.

One of the aims to this study was to overcome medical risk to patients associated with incomplete or delayed follow-up of test results.  

The 80/20 rule, Health Information Systems and Clinician Engagement

Vilfredo Pareto’s 1906 observation that 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the population gave rise to the 80/20 rule. He probably had no realisation that it would be quite so applicable to business and other phenomena such as Health Information Systems.

Over the past decade in Australia, healthcare organisations facing large systemic administration problems have often opted to:


Mobile devices in hospitals – why bringing your own is best

One of the challenges for health IT mentioned at the recent NSW HealthShare Expo and at other forums is Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).

Clinicians, unlike many other professionals, work for multiple organisations and over multiple locations such as their own private practice, university/teaching roles and different hospitals. Like many customers in the consumer space they are adopting the benefits of working from and communicating though mobile devices.

Highlights of HealthShare Expo 2013

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.