When it comes to healthcare, time really is a critical - and often scarce - resource.
The three project leaders in the running to take out the healthcare category of the 2017 iTnews Benchmark Awards have all turned to technology to preserve this precious commodity.
All have taken very different approaches to handing time back to both the doctor and the patient, with the common end goal of improving health outcomes.
Please join us in congratulating:
John Sutherland - Ramsay Health
Working hand-in-hand with clinicians, Ramsay Health has built a mobile application that promises to deliver advanced time-management capabilities to its doctors.
CIO John Sutherland and his team have built a fully mobile tool that eliminates impediments that can slow a busy doctor down.
Hospitals are complex places where events are unpredictable and rarely run to schedule: the MyPatient+ app keeps the whole surgical team up to date on any changes or delays to rosters in real-time, so they can better organise the rest of their patient care.
It delivers clinicians a full list of their patients, locations, and discharge summaries, and is the first mobile tool to tap directly into a patient’s My Health Record if they have authorised doctor access.
Sutherland and the team have committed to a program of constant improvement that could see pathology results, outpatient schedules and clinical telemetry added in the future.
Nasa Walton - West Moreton Hospital and Health Service
In the West Moreton health district of southern Queensland, patients suffering from chronic diseases make up only five percent of hospital numbers, but their care consumes almost 50 percent of hospital budgets.
Walton and team realised that if they could do something to empower even just a fraction of this group to manage their own care from home, it could make a huge difference to the sustainability of hospital operations, and hand precious time back to sufferers.
The HHS has become just the second health service in the world to implement the MeCare telehealth solution, offering customers tailored disease management plans enabled by connected scales, blood pressure and glucose monitors, and video conferencing tools, constantly feeding health data back to a clinical hub where algorithms have been devised to flag any issues in a patient’s status.
West Moreton expects to recruit 200 patients to the scheme by January 2017, and is aiming to reduce preventable hospital admissions for its chronic disease sufferers up to 32 percent.
Mark Hindle - Relationships Australia NSW
Complete Technology Refresh
Relationships Australia NSW has managed to cut an astonishing 25 percent out of the not-for-profit’s IT costs by completely overhauling what was a neglected legacy environment.
The organisation can now direct funds once wasted on high maintenance legacy technology to delivering relationship support services to the community, and can prioritise the IT team’s time towards making services better for its clients.
Hindle inherited 23 RANSW sites running on siloed, dated infrastructure and decided the organisation needed to take drastic action to get ahead of the upgrade cycle.
The IT team centralised all sites onto a new WAN, a new call centre solution, and a new Tier III data centre. New video conferencing facilities have been installed to allow RANSW to deliver safe, anonymous counselling to clients remotely through a private and discreet browser based session.
While it is anticipating financial savings from the effort, the organisation is more confident that it is able to justify the trust its sponsors and champions place in it to improve mental health outcomes and relationships in NSW.
Winners will be announced at the CIO Edge Experience (formerly the CIO Strategy Summit) on February 21 at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne.