Digitisation in the health sector

 

Adullam Hospital, which has sites in Basel and Riehen, specialises in geriatric medicine. The hospital holds electronic medical records, which include data recorded in the hospital information system and the most important documents about patients’ medical procedures and care. Data is stored and organised by patient and case. In addition, a workflow process for creating, modifying and sharing discharge reports significantly helps staff and ensures they have an up-to-date record of each patient’s treatment. Because this electronic medical history was designed to be ’future proof’, its later connection to the National Electronic Patient Record (‘EPR’) can be carried out easily.

Starting point
Some time ago, Adullam Hospital set itself the goal of storing patient records electronically. As a result, several sub-projects were run to achieve the gradual expansion of their electronic medical records. One of these projects was the connection of the Hospital Information System (HIS) to the hospital’s electronic medical history – meaning that reports generated in the HIS could be filed by patient and case in the electronic medical history.  Daniel Bumann, IT Project Manger at Adullam said: “We wanted to create a useful base system for doctors and nursing staff whilst also preparing to connect to the EPR”.

The challenge
In order for this move to be accepted by doctors and nurses, the electronic medical history needed to be integrated into the HIS as far as possible. As well as being the receptacle for treatment information, the electronic history also had to be of obvious daily help to users.  Other considerations were that connection to the EPR in the future needed to be as easy as possible and the interface between the electronic medical history and the EPR as automated as possible. To achieve this, the electronic medical history had to be designed in accordance with EPR guidelines.

Services provided by Inacta
Inacta worked with medical and nursing staff to carefully identify what each key player wanted from an electronic medical system, and then designed the solution to meet those requirements. Inacta used many best-practice methods, which only needed approval from the hospital’s project team. During the implementation stage, Inacta led the project and ensured that relevant suppliers implemented the agreed specification in a technically correct way. Johnsua Konig, the deputy head of care services at Adullam confirmed that they were completely satisfied with the work that was done: “Inacta was always very well prepared for its workshops with the project team and moderated them in a focussed way”.

Benefits for Adullam Hospital
Since an electronic medical system was introduced, as well as laboratory findings and test results, other documents , such as discharge reports and outpatient prescriptions, have been stored. Also, as part of the project, a workflow system was set up to create, modify and electronically share discharge reports. Because of this, assigning reports and controlling their processing has become easier and more efficient. Olivier Prince, MD, Deputy Chief Physician of Adullam Hospital said: "With this project, we have reached an important milestone on the path to a fully electronic medical history”.


About Adullam Hospital

At Adullam Hospital, patients receive comprehensive medical treatment ranging from radiology, physiotherapy, occupational and speech therapy, nutrition counselling, psychological assessment and also social services. In addition, Adullam is the only facility in northwest Switzerland that can offer continual treatment – from acute medicine to rehabilitation and long-term care in affiliated nursing centres.


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