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Temple Street Children’s Hospital goes live with Orion Health Clinical Portal

Dublin’s Temple Street Children’s University Hospital (TSCUH) has gone live with Orion Health’s Clinical Portal as part of a major ICT transformation that is in accordance with the country’s eHealth strategy.

For the first time, clinicians can access patient data from a range of critical sources including patient administration system, lab system, radiology, theatre and the emergency department, in a single place, helping them have more time to care for the thousands of children they treat every year. TSCUH intends to make 80% of its paper patient record electronic with Orion Health’s technology.

"Clinicians were frustrated at having to negotiate multiple systems to access all the clinical information they need," said David Wall, Head of ICT at TSCUH. "Now they have a single unified view of patient data across the hospital, accessible through an easy-to-use web-based interface. Graphs, alerts, appointments, lab results, X-rays, radiology tests and theatre activity are available at the touch of a button," said Wall. "That's having an immediate positive impact on patient care."

Consultant neurosurgeon and chair of the TSCUH Medical Board, John Caird hailed the Portal as "a great advance". Other staff echoed these sentiments. "The Clinical Portal keeps all the data on one system," said Noelle O’Mahony, neurosurgery Clinical Nurse Specialist. "It really helps me in my role and makes me more efficient."

Consultant endocrinologist Dr Nuala Murphy finds the system useful and intuitive. "I love the encounters view, it’s much faster and easier than PAS [Patient Administration System]," she said. "I’m looking forward to the remaining phases."

Initially in use within neurosurgery and endocrinology departments, the Portal will be rolled out across the hospital in 2015. This is part of a two year, phased-in ICT programme of work with Orion Health that will help transform TSCUH to a paper-light organisation. "The portal is only the start of our journey," said Dairin Hines, clinical informatics manager at TSCUH.

The phased deployment will provide data for clinical audit and research purposes, as well as leverage technology for decision support. Phase two will increase the level of information available, whilst also allowing for data entry via the Portal and the provision of discharge summaries. Phase three will extend functionality to clinical workflow and shared worklists; and phase four will see the roll out of full order communications and notifications.

Colin Henderson, managing director, UK & Ireland at Orion Health, recognised that meeting clinical needs is central to good digital health. "Our Portal been developed by clinicians for clinicians and we look forward to supporting TSCUH and others on this journey."

"We looked at several suppliers, and were impressed with Orion Health’s previous deployments, such as the work in Northern Ireland, where Orion Health Portal supports the award-winning Northern Ireland Electronic Health Record," continued TSCUH’s Wall. "Orion Health offered a very flexible product with a very good toolset, which we felt fitted our needs exactly," he added.

TSCUH’s ICT programme is in the spirit of the Republic of Ireland’s eHealth strategy. This sees technology as an enabler for increased clinical time with patients, as well as a tool to release high quality data that can inform service planning. The Orion Health solution delivers on all these fronts.

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