John Hunter Hospital enhances ICU patient care with eRIC

12 June 2018

eHealth NSW's Electronic Record for Intensive Care (eRIC) is enhancing patient care at Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital, the 10th Intensive Care Unit (ICU) across the state to implement the state-of-the-art clinical information system.

Replacing paper forms, eRIC electronically integrates ICU patient data from multiple devices to provide enhanced clinical decision-making.

Dr Ken Havill, Director of John Hunter’s ICU, said eRIC’s unique ability to gather minute-by-minute patient data will help clinicians to offer better patient care.

“The capturing of more frequent electronic data will enable us to better understand a patient’s physiology and their response to therapy,” Dr Havill said.

“Being able to easily locate all patient information and observe trends over longer periods, as well as reformatting data in a graphical view, is a great support to clinical decision-making,” said Dr Havill. “eRIC gives us the ability to locate forms, interventions and speciality notes which will greatly enhance the care we can provide to our ICU patients.”

While providing configurable patient information, eRIC promotes a standard practice within ICUs across the state.

“As a state-wide system build, eRIC allows for clearer benchmarking,” said Dr Havill.

eRIC also improves communication and visibility of patient information between hospitals, ensuring a patient receives a seamless transition.

“We can now observe patients in other ICUs within the Hunter New England Local Health District whom we are assessing for transfer,” Dr Havill said.

Importantly, eRIC brings nurses back to the bedside to care for patients, said Heather Chislett, Nurse Unit Manager at John Hunter Hospital.

“It’s hugely beneficial to have everything we need in one digital location, rather than try to manage lots of paper forms,” Ms Chislett said. “The patient information can be graphed to look at trends, which further supports the care of ICU patients. And all of this occurs while nurses are at the bedside of the patient.”

Ms Chislett also anticipates eRIC will help to facilitate ICU research.

“We will know what is happening within the unit, and obtain this information electronically, which will help to facilitate research within our ICU,” she said. “The data that is collected and potential research undertaken will help nurses to identify trends. Previously the research team needed to review our paper charts to facilitate research.”

The state-wide roll-out of eRIC continues, with the next deployment of eRIC occurring at Wollongong Hospital on 18 June.

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