System gets software injection

THE North Coast Area Health Service is seeking the help of a third party software company to fine tune its controversial Electronic Medical Records (eMR) system.

The system, introduced last year across the North Coast, has been plagued with problems, which doctors have reported as being potentially life threatening.

A statement provided by the NCAHS last week confirmed that the US-based Vedant Software was being used to provide “automated scenario testing of eMR”.

“Scenario testing includes the registration of a new patient in the eMR,” the statement said.

“The Vedant tools will speed up and improve the accuracy of the detailed statewide system testing that must occur before a new version of the eMR software can be introduced for clinical use.

“Because there are often many steps involved in completing a ‘scenario’, it is faster and more accurate to locate problems in the eMR with an automated rather than manual approach.

“For example, the Vedant tool automates the testing of the thousands of different types of pathology orders that the eMR can perform before the system is deployed into a ‘live’ environment.”

The statement said the eMR would deliver an integrated approach for patients in NSW public hospitals that enabled doctors and nurses to be able to enter, see and retrieve clinical information about the patient, their treatment, tests and progress on line.



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