Paper health information presents significant challenges to large hospital environments. Due to the clinical risks that having a predominantly paper health record causes, Mater decided to take action to address the challenges of paper health records, which also resulted in significant increases in efficiency and cost reduction, all pre-dating the commencement of an EMR implementation. HIMSS Asia Pacific speaks with Sallyanne Wissmann, Director Information Management, Mater Health Services, Brisbane, ahead of her presentation at HIMSS AsiaPac18.
Tell us more about your presentation: “A Better Way to Manage 9 Million Pages of Paper”!
SW: The continuation of paper health records produces many inefficiencies and challenges which we needed to address. Through robust, efficient and integrated digitization capability we have been able to achieve a single integrated health record across a multi-hospital organization, enhanced access to clinical information for clinical care, concurrent access, reduction in lost/unavailable information, enhanced ability to locate clinical information, enhanced patient confidentiality and audit capability, increased governance of the content of the health record, increased efficiency for many roles within the organization and reduced operational costs.
How has the journey from paper to digital been? What is next for Mater?
SW: Scanning of paper clinical documentation has been a logical transition phase as we prepare our workforce for increased digital capture and use of clinical content in the future. We have plans to continue to leverage the OnBase ECM platform for both clinical and non-clinical purposes
Can you share more about Mater’s partnership with Hyland?
SW: Mater’s experience with Hyland has been a true partnership model, with ongoing engagement and collaboration to leverage our existing investment, understand business problems and propose fit for purpose solutions. Hyland is committed to our successful use of the OnBase platform.
Are there any exciting partnership initiatives coming up in the next 12 months?
SW: Hyland and Mater are working together on our clinical content management roadmap to position and prepare us for a future electronic medical record.
Why should delegates attend your presentation?
SW: Mater has successfully addressed the key challenges associated with paper health records prior to embarking on an EMR implementation, we have a very efficient and high performing scanning operation and document scanning helps prepare a hospital for an EMR!
We are very excited that Sallyanne is speaking at 1.45pm on 7 November @ HIMSS AsiaPac18. This session is sponsored by Hyland, HIMSS APAC diamond corporate member and silver sponsor of HIMSS AsiaPac18.
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