The South Island Alliance is working to reduce the number of paper and electronic forms across the region by ensuring information is captured once and used multiple times within Health Connect South.
South Island Alliance regional programme manager Debbie Beesley says the project is about making the best use of clinicians’ time by moving from a “paper-based snapshot mindset” to one of “capture for ongoing utility”.
Health Connect South is the Orion Concerto regional clinical portal used by five district health boards in the South Island.
In April 2019, more than 15,000 unique users viewed around 170,000 patient records nearly 1.5 million times within the portal.
Beesley says the HCS team has paused work on digitising forms and putting them in HCS, while it assesses how to standardise forms and pull information from various systems to populate certain fields.
“We’re looking at the business processes and starting to ask the right questions, not just building forms for the sake of building forms, which is what we were doing in the past,” she explains.
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