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Health system set to finally embrace the digital world

health professionals to share patient data online to achieve better outcomes.

iRAD: A project being launched today in Campbelltown will enable health professionals to share patient data online to achieve better outcomes.

A project to deliver an Australian fi­rst, fully integrated data sharing solution which enables doctors and other health professionals to access vital patient information in real time is being launched today by South Western Sydney PHN (SWSPHN).

Project iRAD, which stands for Integrated Realtime Active Data, is an online program that provides secure, timely and accurate sharing of patient information between health providers.

Through Project iRAD, SWSPHN has engaged international vendor Allscripts to implement its leading interoperability dbMotionTM solution to enable providers to easily transfer and view information between the primary and acute settings.

SWSPHN acting CEO Keith McDonald said the ultimate aim of Project iRAD was to deliver better patient care.

“We will enhance a clinician’s capability to make informed decisions, reduce duplication and optimise communications between health care providers,” he said.

The dbMotionTM solution supports SWSPHN’s overall goals of improving clinical excellence and advancement of quality care.

Project iRAD is the ­first interoperability project implementing dbMotion in the Asia Pacifi­c.

Initially the project will connect the country’s lead primary care clinical information systems and provide key minimal data sets at the point of care to the local hospital providers.

The ability to view patient information across multiple healthcare settings will lead to better informed decision making and enable more favourable clinical outcomes, Mr McDonald said.

“The solution will involve support and complement the adoption of My Health Record, by using it as a source of data and once established could include the availability of eReferrals via the system or secure messaging,’’ he said.

South Western Sydney PHN will roll out the ­first phase of the project to ­five local general practices, which will involve a pilot site going live in July 2018.

Once successful, other GP practices in the region can apply to access the solution.

“This project aims to deliver an Australian-­first solution for GPs and health providers that will ensure members of our community will receive the right care in the right place at the right time,” Mr McDonald said.

The launch will take place at 12.30pm today at the offices of the South Western Sydney PHN in Bolger Place near Macarthur Square.


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