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Hospital bedside technology to fast-track care for patients who need it most

Waitemata District Health Board (DHB) clinicians have new technology at their fingertips to help identify and fast-track care to hospital patients who need it most.  

The Patientrack system provides digital patient observations alerting clinicians to deterioration in a patient’s health allowing them to monitor patient information at the bedside or wherever they are in the hospital with specifically designed software on tablet devices.  

Waitemata DHB Director of Infection Prevention and Control and Associate Director of Nursing Jenny Parr says the introduction of the system is a significant step forward in the quality of care we provide to our patients.  

“The new real-time system means we will no longer rely on paper charts to search for records and identify patterns, which ultimately means more clinical time to focus on the patient."

“It is exciting to introduce new technology to improve efficiency, but what’s important is the potential for it to directly influence the health and experience of individuals in our care.” 

The project commenced at Anawhata ward at Waitakere Hospital this month, the first ward in a gradual roll-out across both North Shore and Waitakere hospitals.  Completion is expected in 2017.

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