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Health department accused of censorship

Posted by GI_admin

12-Mar-2011 14:54:00

As reported by the Sydney Morning Herald, November 28, 2009

THE University of Sydney removed from its website an extremely critical essay about a new multimillion-dollar emergency department IT system after pressure from the NSW Health Department. .

Doctors, nurses and administrators at four area health services heavily criticised the system - which tracks patients - as posing an ''unacceptably high risk'' to patient safety because it was so slow, cumbersome and inefficient.

Some hospitals have boycotted Cerner FirstNet and reverted to paper to record clinical notes because it is too difficult and too time-consuming to retrieve critical patient information from the system, the essay said.

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''In a number of cases we know senior clinicians have shut down the use of FirstNet within a few days of it coming online,'' it said.

This flies in the face of the recommendation last year from Peter Garling's inquiry into public hospitals for full electronic medical records to improve efficiency and patient safety.

The report went on to say..

One doctor said: ''I prefer looking at a paper result than the counter-intuitive waste of my time trolling [sic] through the system.'' Another said: ''Every single user *hates* it with a passion … ENTERING the data is a pure nightmare.''

Cerner FirstNet follows emergency patients and includes test results and statistics such as beds available. It is part of a massive three-year electronic records project due by June.

Topics: Government waste, Healthcare Software

   

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