Monash Watch using Smart Health to keep vulnerable patients out of hospital
The Department of General Medicine at Monash Health Service in Victoria has engaged Smart Health to supply its cloud-based eHealth solution to support the Monash Watch program. Monash Watch is part of the Hospital Without Walls initiative at Monash Health Service, the largest health service in Victoria. Monash Watch has been set up to keep the most vulnerable patients, especially those with complex chronic health issues, healthier at home and to reduce avoidable hospitalisations and visits to the Emergency Department.
Head of Department, Professor Don Campbell, said “The Monash Watch team works with the patients, their GPs, local council services, community health services and the hospital to make the patients’ healthcare experiences simpler, easier and faster. We engaged Smart Health because its unique cloud-based clinical information and EHR repository system supports integrated care through shared access to patient clinical records across our jurisdiction. Smart Health’s Patient Watch solution is now live after just a few months of planning and development. We have found Smart Health professional, experienced and easy to work with.”
“Integrated care is a subject we take very seriously and we plan to use the clinical information sharing capabilities of the Smart Health cloud systems to develop Monash Watch further as an integrated care leader and model for Australia” stated Professor Campbell.
Smart Health supports three clinical programs at Monash Health – Renal Medicine, Cancer Services and Monash Watch. Smart Health provides interoperable clinical information programs in several jurisdictions, including what is arguably Australia’s largest integrated care program, which operates across Monash, Alfred and Peninsula Health Services in Victoria, providing connectivity and shared patient health records between public health services and the local communities of general practitioners and private specialists.