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While Metro South Health hospitals continue along their digital transformation journey, the oral health service is nearing the end of theirs with approximately 85 per cent of Metro South Oral Health (MSOH) now using the electronic clinical record (ECR).
Project Manager Anna Willis said the ECR system was revolutionising the way clinicians accessed patient information by replacing the paper-based system with a secure electronic record.
“The ECR has been implemented in other health services across the state, but MSOH is the largest oral health service to commit to it,” she said.
“We’ve undertaken a staged rollout, implementing it in our larger family centred facilities first, which includes 11 facilities and 91 dental chairs.”
The paediatric clinics at QEII Hospital and Inala Central School Dental Clinic were the most recent to be upgraded—launching the ECR this week.
Ms Willis said planning was underway to transition the few remaining facilities.
“We’re currently working on addressing local connectivity and internet access issues for our smaller school-based clinics in Beenleigh, Beaudesert and Jimboomba,” she said.
“By the end of the project all MSOH clinical staff including dentists, dental specialists, dental and oral health therapists, prosthetists and dental assistants, will be using the ECR.
“And every dental surgery will be equipped with touchscreen computers by each dental chair.”
Staff have embraced the change.
“The general vibe amongst staff is excitement about moving to the ECR as it will provide great improvements in patient safety and efficiency—patients will have an integrated patient record that is accessible state-wide,” Ms Willis said.
The Information System for Oral Health ECR was not part of the ieMR Digital Hospital Project.