Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital improves ICU patient care with new clinical information system

14 November 2018

The Electronic Record for Intensive Care (eRIC) is improving patient care and safety at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital in Sydney’s north, the state’s 16th Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to deploy the clinical information system as part of the ongoing digital transformation of NSW Health.

Thirteen beds in the ICU have transitioned from paper charting to eRIC, which digitally integrates patient data from bedside monitors, ventilators and other specialised equipment every minute. All ICUs in Northern Sydney Local Health District are now using eRIC.

“Transitioning to eRIC will give us more readily available information with the ease of storing and sharing patient data between clinicians,” said Dr Ivana Kliman, Director of Intensive Care at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital.

“It will streamline the way our clinicians do the patient rounds, giving it a better structure, making patient data easily accessible and the overall medication prescribing process a lot safer. In the longer term, it will be beneficial to hold educational training and research based on the patient information that eRIC collects.”

Jason Au, Clinical Change Manger at Hornsby, said eRIC will give clinicians a clearer picture of patient trends, helping them to finish paperwork more quickly while providing them with a better recording mechanism to capture patient data for intensive care purposes.

“A very useful feature of eRIC is the medication function which allows us to see all the medication prescriptions at a single glance, reducing chances of prescription errors,” he said. “Streamlining patient data will also help reduce communication errors during medication process.”

According to Jay Halkhoree, Project Manager at Hornsby, eRIC will greatly assist clinicians by making patient information available on one platform rather than having to look for information from different sources. It will also support them with their medical ward runs.

eRIC is now enhancing patient care in 339 ICU beds across 16 NSW public hospitals.

Patients at Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital are the next in line to benefit from the increased patient safety features of electronic charting via eRIC.

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