‘Computer-assisted decision support tools are already a proven part of preoperative anaesthetic assessment.’
New dimensions in preoperative assessment, Guy Ludbrook, Professor of Anaesthesia, University of Adelaide, Australia
SA Health is the state body responsible for protecting and improving the health of all South Australians.
SA Health manages the state’s public hospitals, metropolitan and country health service delivery, environmental health, communicable disease control, epidemiology, health promotion, pathology services, drug and alcohol services, organ donation and emergency and ambulance services.
Getz Clinical modules are used in six of SA Health’s hospitals in metropolitan and country locations, recording patient vitals for 47,000 surgeries performed each year. These hospitals total 1,680 beds, which is approximately a third of all public hospital beds in the state.
Client: SA Health (Public Sector)
Implementation: April 2003
Modules: IntraOp, PACU, Bookings, Acute Pain, Analytics, Chronology and Admin
Location: South Australia
Operating Theatres: 41
Post Anaesthetic Care Units: 27
The hospitals’ challenge
To maintain the Royal Adelaide Hospital’s position as a global leader in medical research, SA Health identified the need to store and retrieve accurate patient records on a database that was accessible hospital-wide.
SA Health’s interest in an electronic anaesthesia information management system began with an initial deployment of early versions of Getz Clinical modules in Royal Adelaide Hospital in 2003. The successful implementation led to similar deployments in 2005 at the Lyell McEwin Hospital in Adelaide and the Mount Gambier Hospital and Whyalla Hospital in country locations.
Clinicians at the various hospitals contributed significantly to the development of Getz Clinical modules, with a particular interest in the Acute Pain module in use at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
In 2006, after a lengthy trial, the Acute Pain module was deployed at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Repatriation General Hospital.
Getz Clinical Solution
Installation included professional implementation services, training, technical support and configuration.
Hardware (touch screen monitors and server infrastructure) was installed in the hospitals in which the operating theatre and post anaesthetic care unit modules were deployed.
The Getz Clinical modules greatly improved the ability of each hospital to audit their administrative and clinical processes. The modules also facilitated retrospective audits for research, provided information for billing and assisted in the investigation of clinical incidents.
Today, data captured by Getz Clinical’s modules is being used in various research and administrative improvement projects.
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