Waikato patient tracking expanded

Two months after it was launched, Waikato Hospital is looking at expanding an emergency department patient tracking system to labs and GPs off-site.

Two months after it was launched, Waikato Hospital is looking at expanding an emergency department patient tracking system to labs and GPs off-site.

The module tracks patient movement through the department from admission to discharge and diagnoses to be recorded.

“We’re currently investigating applications to provide that [remote] functionality,” says project officer Glenys Robbins. Both mobile and terrestrial applications are being evaluated, she says.

The emergency department module of Fujitsu’s Hospro-W, a multimodule patient administration package, went live in December following customisation for use at the hospital, Robbins says.

“Respecification” of the module was driven by Health Waikato and its remote emergency department requirements, she says. The team that worked on it included the clinical director and doctors from the emergency department, clinical nurses, department administration management and IT representatives.

The emergency department module builds on Hospro-W modules for patient master index, in-patient, waiting list, out-patient, medical records tracking, operating theatre management and mental health that were already deployed at the hospital.

On average, 110 to 130 new admissions a day enter the system, with the busiest day since launch recording 160.

The module has performed to expectations, following the correction of a few early performance issues, Robbins says.

Privacy issues are addressed by only permitting users to view the status of patients relevant to their department or service.

“Audit tracking is used to ensure patient privacy is maintained.”

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