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NSW Health has appointed health technology provider Epic to work with eHealth NSW and NSW Health Pathology to deliver a Single Digital Patient Record (SDPR) that will enhance the care patients receive at NSW public hospitals.
NSW Minister for Health the Hon. Ryan Park, MP announced the SDPR on 19 October 2023, giving the green light to unifying health care technologies across NSW to provide patients with improved hospital care and provide greater support for busy health care providers.
Creating a single statewide pathology laboratory information system is an important part of the SDPR that will provide health professionals with secure real-time access to pathology results for their patients, no matter which NSW public hospital they are treated in.
“This exciting transformation program will improve patient care across NSW by enabling a highly secure, holistic and integrated view of the care a patient receives across the NSW public health system,” said Vanessa Janissen, Chief Executive of NSW Health Pathology.
“This means that if someone from Dubbo, for example, needs urgent hospital care in Sydney, the treating doctors will have immediate access to their medical history and diagnostic results and can make fast, informed decisions about their care”, she said.
SDPR will also enhance important digital integrations between our Forensic and Analytical Science Service, NSW Police, and the Coroner as well as across our pathology network to help improve timeliness, informed decision making and outcomes for the justice system.
NSW Health Pathology Chief Medical Information Officer Dr Stephen Braye said pathology plays a vital role in the clinical diagnosis and treatment of patients and having this information on hand fast is important.
“It’s why a single pathology laboratory information system is a core feature of the SDPR initiative – to ensure doctors can securely access real-time pathology results for patients no matter which NSW public hospital they’re being treated in,” Dr Braye said.
Epic is a world leader in digital health technology and will work with us to develop the SDPR, which will also include a single electronic medical record (eMR) and one patient administration system (PAS).
Work on the design and build of the SDPR will soon begin and is scheduled to go live at Hunter New England Local Health District. It is then planned to be rolled out across the state in phases.