Friday 22 February 2019Health news2 minutes to read
West Coast District Health Board (West Coast DHB) has started implementing Patientrack, a new digital patient observation and alert response system, aimed at helping clinicians identify deteriorating patients earlier. This system will enable clinicians to apply clinical judgement and to take appropriate, potentially life-saving action sooner.
Patientrack is being introduced from mid-February and has been designed to capture patient observations electronically and make them available to a patient’s care team anywhere they have access to the network.
Rosalie Waghorn, Quality and Patient Safety Manager for West Coast DHB, said Patientrack records a patient’s vital signs to calculate the early warning score (EWS) which is used to predict the risk of deterioration for the patient and acts as a prompt to clinicians to provide follow-up treatment if the results are abnormal.
“Patientrack will eventually record all patient observations that are currently handwritten on charts across the West Coast health care system. Replacing paper-based charts with a comprehensive suite of electronic automated assessment and communications tools will reduce errors and improve work flow, allowing clinicians to dedicate more quality time to our patients,” says Rosalie.
Patientrack, which originates from the UK, is already in use in a number of New Zealand hospitals including Christchurch, Hillmorton and Burwood hospitals.
It will initially be rolled out in Foote Ward (Buller) and in Grey Base Hospital’s Manaakitanga (Mental Health inpatient unit) and Medical Surgery services before being introduced to other services across the Coast.
Patientrack was developed in conjunction with health professionals to help hospitals deliver safer care – by ensuring observation and assessment protocols are carried out correctly and consistently, and by automatically calculating early warning scores and alerting clinicians when interventions are needed.
Through early identification of deteriorating patients, and promoting necessary assessments, Patientrack helps hospitals meet national and local targets for improvements in patient safety, improving patient outcomes and supporting clinical staff and reducing paper waste.
For further information please visit www.patientrack.com or follow @Patientrack on Twitter.
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