High-tech patient care at one of NSW’s oldest hospitals
One of Sydney’s oldest and largest hospitals is now offering ultra-modern, telehealth-enabled patient care, enabled by eHealth NSW infrastructure.
Four new high-tech multi-disciplinary team (MDT) rooms, dotted throughout South Western Sydney Local Health District’s three main hospitals, will host around 1,800 meetings annually.
One of these is Liverpool Hospital, which began as a tent hospital for convicts and soldiers in the 1790s.
Today, the state-of-the-art facilities it shares with Campbelltown and Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospitals are arming multi-disciplinary teams with real-time access to clinical, imaging and diagnostic information as they focus on conditions such as trauma, stroke, cardiac, lung, liver and cancer.
The telehealth-enabled MDT rooms are a “game-changer” which will help to ensure that timely, patient-centred care is delivered by the right experts, said Dr Peter Lin, Clinical Director, Medical Imaging, South Western Sydney LHD.
“These rooms are such powerful connectors of data and information,” said Dr Lin.
At the official opening of the MDT rooms on 29 October, eHealth NSW Chief Executive Dr Zoran Bolevich, Chief Clinical Information Officer Dr Mark Simpson and PACS-RIS Program Director David Cernjul lent their support to South Western Sydney LHD colleagues.
Kitted out with touch LCD screens and ceiling-mounted cameras, Liverpool's main MDT room played host at the launch to a mock meeting in which radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians consulted with surgical, medical imaging, staff specialists, pathologists and allied health workers to map the best course of treatment for a real-life patient.
In a speech to commemorate the official opening, Dr Bolevich said: “This kind of facility showcases how many pieces of digital technology and video-conferencing infrastructure come together to deliver superior outcomes for patients. Congratulations to all involved.”
The high-tech rooms are helping enable its clinicians to deliver excellent patient care to the people of south-western Sydney, the fastest-growing region in Sydney and one of the most rapidly expanding in Australia.
L-R: Dr Yasser Farooque, Liver and Transplant Surgeon, Liverpool Hospital; Dr Peter Lin, Clinical Director, Medical Imaging, South Western Sydney LHD; Dr Glen Schlaphoff, Head of Liverpool Hospital's Interventional Radiology Department; Patient Robbie Hart; Dr Zoran Bolevich, eHealth NSW Chief Executive and NSW Health Chief Information Officer; Dr Preeta Philip, Director of Diagnostic Radiology at Liverpool and Fairfield Hospitals; David Cernjul, eHealth NSW RIS-PACS Program Director; Andreas Nassar, ICT Web Conferencing Manager and Telehealth Lead, South Western Sydney LHD; Morgan O’Leary, Operations Manager, Medical Imaging, South Western Sydney LHD