Orion Health’s joint venture HealthOne was announced as the winner of the Qual IT ‘Best Technology Solution for the Public Sector’ category at the Hi-Tech Awards gala dinner on Friday. Beating out tough competition from EROAD, Dexibit and Auror, HealthOne was recognised for their work on a shared records system for the Canterbury health industry.
HealthOne came about as a response to the Canterbury Earthquakes where clinics were forced to close and the 500,000+ people serviced by the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) in the Canterbury region had to go elsewhere, without any of their patient records.
Orion Health, along with the CDHB and Pegasus Health, established a single shared patient record software system that securely stores health information for use at the point of care, including GP records, prescribed medications and test results.
This initiative provides more complete information to those providing patient care, and improves the quality of care received by patients, especially in emergency situations, where full patient information can be accessed immediately in a single record.
Orion Health's senior vice president for Smarter Hospitals, David Hepburn said the project will allow the creation of an end-to-end hospital system on a regional basis, which he hopes to use as a reference site for other markets such as Australia, SE Asia and Europe.
“The opportunity is for us is to create a really exciting Enterprise-Consult end-to-end regional play,” Mr Hepburn said.
Sponsoring the Best Technology Solution for the Public Sector category at the Hi-Tech Awards again this year was an easy decision for Qual IT. We have always worked closely with Public Sector organisations and have a long history of helping them to produce successful outcomes.
An example of this is our work with CDHB. CDHB undertook a project to improve the accuracy and safety of medication administrations. The key driving factor for the project was the philosophy within the DHB to always be improving processes.
CDHB developed a new software solution which facilitates the electronic recording of all medications prescribed and administered. The software aids hospitals by quickly referencing the New Zealand Universal List of Medicines (NZULM), a drug database developed by and for Kiwi clinicians.
Because of the nature of the software, accuracy of the information had to be 100% and the integrity of the system had to be second-to-none. Qual IT helped the DHB to develop test automation processes to ensure the system was performing at 100% before it was rolled out for use.
Through the implementation of this software, the DHB have seen substantial savings in clinician resources, equating to approximately 4 months of man hours saved through just four days automated testing.
Learn more about how Qual IT helped this key Public Sector organisation deliver a successful, critical project.