eMeds scoops top health award

eMed team receiving award
3 November 2015

At the 17th annual NSW Health Awards, Minister Jillian Skinner presented the state's top health award for innovation to Sydney Local Health District for the electronic medication management system eHealth NSW helped it to implement at Concord Repatriation General Hospital.

Minister Skinner personally selected Concord’s roll-out of eMeds as the 'standout' winner of the Minister for Health Award for Innovation from 48 finalists represented in 11 categories at a gala ceremony in Homebush on 2 November.

“As I travel the state, I am inspired by nurses, clinicians, allied health professionals, support staff, researchers and volunteers who strive daily to develop and implement innovative models of care for their patients,” Mrs Skinner said.

”Many of them are represented at this year's awards – but this medication system is a standout for me. When I visited Concord Hospital to witness it in operation, I was struck by the overwhelmingly positive response of staff. But, more than that, I saw the implications for the whole of health when it is replicated across the state.”

And indeed, with roll-out of eMeds to Concord now complete, the eMeds team charged with implementing electronic medication management across the state already has its attention on another six sites.

eHealth NSW Acting Chief Executive and Chief Information Officer, Dr Zoran Bolevich, hailed the win as “a fantastic acknowledgement of our eMeds Program team’s collaboration with Sydney LHD”.

Another eHealth effort was also acknowledged as a finalist in the 2015 NSW Health Awards – the PaperLite project, which is implementing anywhere, anytime, electronic medical records at Blacktown Hospital.

“These projects offer perfect examples of how, in partnership with our Local Health Districts, we are delivering innovative solutions that enable excellent healthcare through delivery of quality information where and when it is needed,” said Dr Bolevich.

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