A technology system which is helping to reduce elective surgery long waits across the state won the Queensland Health eAward of the Year at the eHealth Queensland Expo 2017 on Wednesday 17 May.
The Gold Coast University Hospital project team, who developed, tested and implemented the Management Information System (MIS), were presented with the award by Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services Cameron Dick.
“Clinicians and administrators can view detailed information about patients on their waiting lists through the MIS Elective Surgery Waiting List and Elective Surgery Risks and Projections applications,” said Mr Dick.
“Clinicians can easily see what patients need to be seen as a priority and service directors have a clear set of data with which they can discuss waiting times, helping to improve clinical engagement.
“It is a system that makes a difference and helps improve clinical care.”
The system is updated on a daily basis and provides doctor-level trend analysis, future risk and project analysis and the automatic identification and display of cohorts of patients who need to be treated to meet clinically recommended times.
MIS has been developed, tested and implemented within Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service and is being used by the clinical and access teams to inform clinical decision making.
“As a result of dedicated leadership and timely information accessible through MIS, Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service has been able to eradicate surgical long waits and sustain a zero long wait surgical performance,” said Mr Dick.
“A business case to approve the deployment of MIS to all HHSs was supported by the Department of Health in September 2015, and since then 51 facilities have gained access to MIS.
“This is a wonderful result for patients in Queensland. Congratulations to the winner and all the entrants this year.”
The Queensland Health eAwards are an annual event celebrating individuals and teams who are advancing healthcare through digital innovation.
There are six category award winners at the Queensland Health eAwards, with all the finalists in the running for the eAward of the Year, which is based on a ‘people’s choice’ vote.
The winners in each category were:
• Collaborate and Connect – Prison Health Service Project
• Deliver results – ieMR User Automation provisioning
• Foster Innovation – MIS Elective Surgery Application
• Drive Sustainable Change – Stroke Information Management System
• Value the Customer – GLOW online: Innovation in antenatal education
• Clinical Innovator – Mobile Enabled Care (MeCare)
Dr Richard Ashby, eHealth Queensland’s Chief Executive, said: “The eAwards provide the opportunity to recognise success and to raise awareness of the importance of digital innovation to the future of healthcare.
“This year, over 60 nominations were received from across Queensland. The judging panel had an extremely difficult job but were unanimous on their selection of the 16 finalists – which include innovations improving clinical care, patient management processes, and patient engagement.
“We also had more than 2800 votes for the eAward of the Year which demonstrates the interest and the increased awareness of the innovations and developments which will improve patient care now, and in the near future.