Intensive Care Units (ICUs) at Canberra Hospital and Calvary Public Hospital in the Australian Capital Territory will be adopting a new, $1.7 million digital information management system following an announcement yesterday by ACT Health Minister Katy Gallagher.
Delivered by Vision Software Solutions, the information management system will enable paperless management of patient records in the ICUs.
A spokesperson confirmed that the installation of the information management system will be completed in Canberra Hospital at the end of this year. Calvary Public Hospital will have the system installed in mid 2011.
The ICU system is part of a $90 million e-health program which was announced in the 2009/10 ACT budget.
According to Gallagher, the system was "specifically designed for the critical care environment". The software collects, stores, organises and displays patient information in an electronic record.
Gallagher is optimistic that it will enable ICU staff "to manage clinical records and documents electronically such as progress notes, medication management, x-rays and scans".