Australian region’s largest health district selects Patientrack

New South Wales’ largest local health district (LHD) has chosen Patientrack’s solution to automate the collection of patient vital signs and clinical documentation using mobile technology.

Hunter New England Health will implement Patientrack over 43 sites in the district, covering a major metropolitan centre, a mix of several large regional areas and many smaller rural centres and remote communities within its borders.

The LHD has long been known for the early adoption of technology to support the delivery of high quality patient care to its diverse population.

Through a wide range of mobile devices and workstations, the system will support clinical staff wherever they are located, with real-time patient data, scheduling of work tasks and alerts for patients requiring their attention. It is expected to quickly deliver benefits to both patients and staff at Hunter New England Health, providing an improved patient experience.

This new deal builds on previous success for Patientrack in the Australasia region, where in New Zealand in May this year, Counties Manukau District Health Board became the fourth such organisation to choose Patientrack technology in a little over 12 months.

Donald Kennedy, managing director of Patientrack, welcomed the announcement. “Deploying Patientrack over so many sites shows that Patientrack can deliver benefits across a whole health economy,” he said. “The experiences of Hunter New England and others in the region will be shared with our other customers through our active Patientrack user group so that we continue to learn from one another, generate new ideas, and ensure that Patientrack evolves to deliver the full potential of digital health in the delivery of frontline care.”

Patientrack is marketed and delivered in Australia and New Zealand through sole distributer MKM Health.

Kate Quirke, CEO of MKM Health said: “We welcome Hunter New England Health to the Patientrack group of users. It shows a growing interest in Australia in the ability of Patientrack to improve patient outcomes whilst supporting the existing clinical workflows in place within the clinical setting. We will work with Hunter New England Health to deliver the NSW Health-prescribed electronic medical record functionality and to demonstrate the broader benefits of enhanced clinical documentation at the bedside and improved communication across clinical teams.”

Hunter New England Health will initially implement Patientrack at the Maitland Hospital over the next few months and will then progressively roll it out across the rest of the organisation. It will also ensure information is available to other systems, so that data can be used with the NSW Health shared electronic medical record.