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University Hospital Limerick upgrades digital emergency department system

The Irish hospital hopes the new system will change the way it tracks patient journeys and collects real-time data

University Hospital Limerick has gone live with an emergency department (ED) patient management system, aiming to improve patient care.

The hospital, which runs one of the busiest EDs in Ireland, has deployed the system from IMS Maxims to better collect real-time data and track a patient’s journey throughout their stay.

Colette Cowan, CEO of UL Hospitals Group, which manages six hospitals including Limerick, said the system was a “fantastic achievement”.

“The new software enables clinicians to have a shared view of their patients’ conditions, and offers the tools to quickly and accurately treat or discharge them. It also readies the hospital for further digital transformation,” she said.

“We are making great advancements in digital health, and I look forward to seeing the continued benefits to staff and patients in Limerick.”

The system includes modules such as clinical triage, recorded outcomes, recording attendance and tracking for each patient presenting to the ED.

The hospital is also opening up a new ED in May 2017, and the system is fully integrated into the hospital’s other systems, designed to fit the layout of the new department.

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Richard Corbridge, chief information officer at Ireland’s health service executive said the system enables “a step change in the way information can be used to deliver care in emergency situations”.

“The new system enables real-time information to support the management of patient flow and delivers bedside clinical information to staff, enabling safer and more efficient care to be delivered,” he said.

“This is another example of the electronic health record being used to improve processes, while also improving patient safety through the use of technology.”

Health minister Simon Harris said the deployment of digital systems “helps us move forward on our journey as we continue to build a better health service”.

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