NSLHD Year in Review 2019

Innovative new IT system

An innovative new IT system allows sharing of a patient’s information between a private hospital and district services for the first time in NSW. Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD) in partnership with Northern Beaches Hospital and eHealth NSW have commissioned the Health Information Exchange (HIE).

“A big thank you to all staff who have helped to progress the project to this point, and to those who participated in the pilot.” The new HIE system is available to all staff who use the Electronic Medical Record (eMR) system.

The HIE allows staff working within the District and Central Coast Local Health district (CCLHD) to share the history of care provided to patients with Northern Beaches Hospital. Simon Hill, Director Information Communications and Technology for NSLHD and CCLHD said the HIE was the first IT system of its kind and the result of many months of hard work from staff. “This is a ground-breaking and innovative new IT system that has been developed to enable the two different patient record systems to

talk to each other so clinicians can easily get to the patient’s medical information,” he said. “Normally when a patient transfers between a public and private hospital the patient takes their medical records with them or they are sent manually. It will be a huge benefit to patients and health staff who have access to the medical records in real-time, enabling safer and seamless care for patients.


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