Sutherland Hospital improves access to ICU patient information with eRIC

26 March 2018

Electronic Records for Intensive Care now introduced across all ICUs in South Eastern Sydney LHD

Sutherland Hospital is the latest to welcome eHealth NSW’s Electronic Record for Intensive Care (eRIC), giving clinicians better access to valuable information on patients being treated in its Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

eRIC is now live in 169 ICU beds throughout nine hospitals across NSW, seven of which transitioned from paper-based charting to electronic, including Sutherland in South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (LHD).

South Eastern Sydney LHD joins Mid North Coast and Northern NSW LHDs in having introduced eRIC across all of its Intensive Care Units (ICUs).

Replacing paper forms, eRIC is an electronic Clinical Information System that integrates ICU patient data to improve patient safety and provide better clinical decision-making.

Dr Grant Eruini-Bennett, ICU Director at Sutherland Hospital, said eRIC is providing more time for clinicians to care for a patient.

“Less time will be spent recording, allowing clinicians to spend more time on direct patient care by the bedside,” Dr Eruini-Bennett said. “We now have improved access to patient medical records including past admissions.

“Through the electronic access of this information, it allows for better data collection and benchmarking.”

Phil Marshall, eRIC Clinical Change Manager at Sutherland Hospital, welcomed the increased safety and efficiencies eRIC has delivered.

“Paper note folders falling apart and getting ripped and lost is a thing of the past,” said Mr Marshall.

“With eRIC, we are able to access patient information from anywhere in the unit and medical officers have better access to prescribing information, rather than needing to locate the one paper National Inpatient Medical Chart (NIMC).

Katie Bishop, Acting CIS Manager at Prince of Wales Hospital (POWH) and Sutherland Hospital ICUs, who has participated in three eRIC go-lives, said eRIC promotes better clinical care.

“The clinicians are now able to get data that automatically populates,” Ms Bishop said. “With eRIC, ICU clinicians have full visibility of the patient data electronically, which is stored in one location.”

Tracey Millie, Nurse Unit Manager at Sutherland Hospital ICU, said eRIC is improving processes and practices within the ICU.

“eRIC provides easy access to a multitude of information including pathology and imaging, as well as policies and patient assessment charts,” said Ms Millie.

The next go-live of eRIC will take place at John Hunter Hospital and Wollongong Hospital in mid-June. A further eight go-lives are scheduled throughout 2018 and ongoing deployment discussions continue with other LHDs for potential go-lives in the latter part of the year.

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