eRIC now live at Port Macquarie

Staff of Port Macquarie Base Hospital
21 October 2016

The electronic Record for Intensive Care (eRIC), a key component of eHealth NSW’s strategy for the Electronic Health Record, is now up and running at the pilot site of Port Macquarie Base Hospital.

Once implemented across 43 Level 5, 6 and some selected Level 4 Intensive Care Units (ICUs) of NSW, eRIC will be one of the largest enterprise-wide ICU clinical information systems in the world.

On Monday 17 October 2016, there was great interest from all at PMBH when the first patient was admitted to the hospital’s newly built 16-bed ICU following the transition from paper-based patient management to eRIC.

“It’s exciting and a privilege to be the first ICU in NSW to use eRIC,” said Dr Bill Lancashire, Director of Intensive Care at PMBH.

“Being a smaller but busy regional unit allows us to work together, and cohesively to get this progressive clinical information system up and running. We look forward to working with the eRIC team over the next few months.”

An electronic system that integrates data every minute from bedside monitors, ventilators and other specialised equipment in one configuration for adult, paediatric and neonatal ICUs using evidence-based best clinical practice, eRIC is “a very important development” for PMBH, said its General Manager Jane Evans.

“From day one, eRIC will provide significant benefits to patient care and clinical workflow including electronic documentation, medication management and integration with bedside devices,” she said.

“Our staff have embraced this unique new system, which has been designed for clinicians by clinicians and will support them in caring for critically ill patients.”

Robert Paino, eRIC Program Director, said his congratulations and thanks go to each member of the eRIC Program team and the staff at Port Macquarie who, through this partnership, have contributed to this successful implementation of eRIC.

St George Hospital is scheduled to be the second deployment site in mid-2017, followed by Blacktown Hospital later in 2017. Planning is underway to identify further sites for 2017 deployment.

To find out more about eRIC, contact Diane Kowal, Engagement and Adoption Manager, at EHNSW-eRIC@health.nsw.gov.au

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