Electronic Record for Intensive Care (eRIC)

What is eRIC?

The electronic Record for Intensive Care (eRIC) is an electronic clinical information system within an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) that integrates patient data every minute from multiple systems, to improve patient safety and provide better clinical decision-making.

Once implemented across 44 ICUs of NSW, eRIC will be one of the largest system-wide ICU clinical information systems in the world.

Why is it necessary?

ICUs are highly pressurised and the most data-intensive part of any hospital. Compared to other wards, in an ICU more data points are recorded daily. Eliminating the numerous, time-consuming paper forms required to monitor critically ill patients, eRIC will improve patient safety.

Issues that plagued paper systems – such as illegible handwriting, patient confidentiality, misplaced notes, accessibility of patient information and transcription errors – are resolved within this electronic system.

When is eRIC coming?

Port Macquarie Base Hospital (PMBH) was selected as the first ICU in NSW to deploy eRIC in October 2016. The final release of eRIC occurred at the end of May 2017.

In 2017 there were eight hospital deployments, these include:

  • Port Macquarie Base Hospital
  • St George Hospital
  • Coffs Harbour Health Campus
  • The Tweed Hospital
  • Prince of Wales Hospital
  • Lismore Base Hospital
  • Grafton Base Hospital and
  • Blacktown Hospital

Initial 2018 eRIC deployments include:

  • Sutherland Hospital
  • John Hunter Hospital
  • Wollongong Hospital
  • Maitland Hospital
  • Royal North Shore Hospital
  • Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital
  • Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital
  • Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital
  • Tamworth Hospital

Deployment discussions continue with other Local Health Districts for the latter part of the year.

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For more information about the eRIC Program, please contact: EHNSW-eRIC@health.nsw.gov.au.

eRIC insights

Watch how the eRIC system was developed through consultation and collaboration with clinicians.

Hear from hospital Directors around NSW on why an electronic system is invaluable in ICUs.

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