Lyell McEwin Hospital

Cliff Grant et al, ‘Computer-assisted phone-based preoperative medical assessment by non-clinicians – a comparison with outpatient medical consultation’, Department of Acute Care Medicine, University of Adelaide

Hospital overview

The Lyell McEwin Hospital is the premier hospital for the northern Adelaide metropolitan area and a leading teaching institution for health care professionals.

The hospital features a 24 hours a day emergency department providing health care to more than 65,000 patients each year, 257 beds, and six operating theatres performing 13,000 surgeries per year.

Services include general medicine, emergency medicine, general surgery, anaesthesia, intensive care, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, and psychiatry services.

Client: SA Health (Public Sector)
Implementation: April 2005
Modules: IntraOp, PACU, Acute Pain, Admin
Location: Adelaide, South Australia  
Operating Theatres: 15
Post Anaesthetic Care Units: 18

The hospital’s challenge

In 2002 a $336 million redevelopment program commenced at the Lyell McEwin Hospital to modernise the State Government’s health system and to address the increasing healthcare needs of Adelaide’s growing northern suburbs and surrounding areas.

The first stage of the redevelopment replaced much of the hospital’s core clinical and support infrastructure and by April 2005 six new operating theatres, a new emergency department and new medical imaging facilities were completed.

The new infrastructure required new hospital information management systems.

Getz Clinical was selected to implement the perioperative information system, selected on the basis of a similar successful implementation at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Getz Clinical solution

The fully electronic Getz Clinical perioperative information management system replaced all previous paper records and was implemented into both the new and existing operating theatres and recovery rooms.

The installation included hardware (client touch screen monitors and server infrastructure) that interfaced with patient monitoring equipment (multiple brands), professional implementation services, training services, technical support services, and configuration.

The modules greatly improved Lyell McEwin’s administrative and clinical processes in auditing individual practices, allowed for retrospective audits for research, provided information for billing and assisted in the investigation of incident reports.

In 2007 the State Government selected the Lyell McEwin Hospital to transform it from a community hospital into one of three major adult tertiary hospitals servicing the State’s community.

Surgical offerings were expanded to provide a more comprehensive service to people who live in Adelaide’s north.

Getz Clinical’s perioperative information management system was identified as meeting the requirements of this expansion and was retained with the expansion.

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