Queensland State Wide Cloud eHealth Chronic Disease Managment
Smart Health is proud to announce the signing of a contract for the implementation of phase one of Queensland Health’s first state-wide, cloud-based clinical information system (CIS) for the management of a chronic disease (Cystic Fibrosis). The contract has been signed today with Children’s Health Queensland and includes operation in twelve Hospital and Health Services across Queensland.
Cystic Fibrosis, or CF, is Australian’s most prevalent, life-shortening genetic disorder and affects more than 3,000 Australians. The lead site for this project is the new Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital (LCCH), where implementation of the solution has commenced.
Approval for this project follows the introduction of a “cloud first” policy by the Queensland Government. The solution that is being implemented for Cystic Fibrosis will allow seamless movement of patients between paediatric and adult, public and private (and regional) health services, supported by a comprehensive, consent-based, patient-centric electronic health record (EHR). This program will improve patient safety, care quality and efficiency by providing clinicians with up to date clinical data at the point of care – when it is needed, on-line and on-demand.
Professor Claire Wainwright, Head of Cystic Fibrosis Service at LCCH is the clinical lead for this exciting program. Professor Wainwright has worked to gain the enthusiastic support of her colleagues across the state for this unique initiative. “This is an important and long awaited initiative for my team and my colleagues across Queensland. Like all clinical programs, we need accurate and timely clinical data to provide better care for our patients, particularly those in regional areas. The Smart Health CF solution supports our patients at our metropolitan clinics, as well as at the patients’ local hospitals. Smart Health’s electronic data capture, including support for diagnostic test results, also supports CF Service participation in Cystic Fibrosis Australia’s Data Registry, where CF data from around Australia is collated and used to provide vital feedback to our CF Centres on the effectiveness of our treatment programs”, said Professor Wainwright.
Professor Scott Bell, Director of The Prince Charles Hospital’s Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre said: “This initiative has been a long time coming and we are pressing ahead to make it a success. Having clinical data available on such a scale in near real-time is unprecedented in Queensland and we will be working hard to use this data to drive improvements in patient care.”
The selection of Smart Health was based on its successful delivery of cloud-based chronic disease eHealth programs in NSW, Victoria and South Australia over the last 15 years.
Smart Health co-founder Peter Flower said “Smart Health is very pleased that Professors Wainwright and Bell and Queensland Health have chosen an innovative locally-developed solution for this project. There have been too many examples of public health services embarking on extraordinarily expensive, imported “one size fits all” eHealth solutions that, when implemented, don’t support specialist programs such as CF. Our Software as a Service commercial model keeps the costs down and our proven Australian implementation experience minimises risk.”
In another first, patients’ clinical records will also be accessible, based on their consent, at CF services in other states. If a Queensland Health CF adult patient suffers from an acute lung infection while holidaying in Melbourne, for example, clinicians at The Alfred Health Adult CF service will be able to provide informed care for that patient, including visibility of their full clinical history – on-line. Furthermore, lung function results and clinical notes from The Alfred will become part of the patient’s shared electronic health record that is available to Queensland clinicians when the patient returns home.
A key feature of the Queensland CF program will be the provision of integrated care across the patient’s participating healthcare providers and practices. Clinical records created in the CF system will be sent to hospital EMRs, providing health services with more complete patient clinical records. CF patient clinical records will also be sent automatically to the patient’s GP and private specialist EMR systems, making use of interfaces that Smart Health has implemented in Victoria to support cancer patients.