An open day was held in the Galway Clinic on the 7th of September 2017. This open day showcased the excellent progress being made digitally to progress information technology to support delivery of healthcare. Sinead Hanley, Director of Nursing, welcomed the audience of approximately 40 people to the Galway Clinic. Raphael Jaffrezic, Chief Information Officer at the Clinic opened the day with an overview of the systems and change taking place to digitise health systems in the clinic. He spoke of the 33 months it took from contract signoff to GoLive and the team it took to make this a success. He focused on the clinical components such as:
- Physician Care Manager (for Medical Staff)
- Patient Care System for Nurses and AHP
- Laboratory and Diagnostic Imaging
- Surgical Services Manager-Theatre
- Order Entry and Referrals
The benefits outlined were the restructuring of nursing documentation using a patient centric approach with a more intuitive user interface for data entry and retrieval. Reporting capacity was enhanced across all levels and added much efficiency.
Dr. Frances Finn, Lecturer in Waterford Institute of Technology discussed the national Certificate in Acute Medicine Nursing commissioned by the ONMSD developed and delivered through a consortium of six Institutes of Technology, (AIT, DkIT, GMIT, LYIT, IT Tralee, WIT). The course is delivered over 12 weeks through blended learning by attending one of the six IT’s one day per fortnight for 6 days. The other 6 days are undertaken through eLearning methodologies.
Jackie Kirrane (Clinical Informatics Leader) and Sinead Hanley (Director of Nursing) both presented on the impact of the electronic health record for patients and the Galway Clinic. Jackie spoke of the need for clinical ICT on the design and implementation team and this was supported by Sinead who felt it was a significant cost to release nursing and health professionals but it was invaluable and has led to a much more robust system which suits the end user. Both presenters spoke of the solution based vision where all systems interfaced and were standardised. They highlighted engagement in nursing documentation which required change and standardisation in order to be able to report efficiently.