NSLHD News August 1

injected into problem areas to alleviate pain.

The national Arthritis Biospecimens Bank - A3BC - is also being set up to identify the right treatments for patients, as well as the causes for arthritis and possible cures. The inaugural Northern Lights showcase is a part of a series highlighting the remarkable

advances in research and innovation across the Northern Sydney Local Health District.

Innovative new IT system being piloted An innovative new IT system being piloted will allow 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). 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. This new system is being piloted for six weeks by a selected group of clinicians to allow the project team to further test the new system and gather feedback. 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. In the short term however, there’ll be a greater focus on community education, including the use of regular text messages to help patients manage their conditions.

The next event will be held in the coming months.

“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. “When piloting of the new system is complete and it becomes operational, it will be a huge benefit to patients and health staff who will have access to the medical records in real-time enabling safer and seamless care for patients.

“A big thank you to all staff who have helped to progress the project to this point, and to those participating in the pilot.” The new HIE system is expected to be available to all staff who use the Electronic Medical Record (eMR) when the pilot has been completed around the end of September. The Project Team will be providing further updates as the pilot progresses, before making the HIE available to all users. In the meantime, the established manual processes for transferring information between the hospitals will continue.



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