Patient care goes digital at 20th NSW Health ICU

17 September 2019

Patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney (SVHS) are the latest to benefit from eHealth NSW's Electronic Record for Intensive Care (eRIC), which is assisting clinicians to make better-quality decisions for the critically ill.

Following deployment at the 20-bed SVHS ICU in late August, eRIC is now live in 20 NSW Health Intensive Care Units.

More than 32,000 patients have been treated using the state-of-the-art clinical information system, which replaces paper charts and forms by electronically capturing patient data every minute from multiple systems and devices.

“eRIC gives us the ability to view and complete parts of the ward round away from the bedside, enabling medical teams to focus completely on patient examination and communication at the bedside, rather than focusing on flowcharts or monitors,” said Dr Priya Nair, ICU Director at SVHS in inner-city Darlinghurst.

eRIC provides easier access to information for coding, audit and investigation of critical incidents, Dr Nair said, reducing errors overall and providing a more comprehensive discharge summary when ICU patients are transferred to an inpatient ward.

Supporting the digital transformation of NSW Health, the state-wide roll-out of eRIC continues, with the next deployment scheduled for Westmead Hospital’s ICU in March 2020.

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