One Person One Record can help Nova Scotian healthcare be better by reducing wait times, providing better care, and giving medical staff more time with patients.
According to Amanda Tinning, nurse practitioner for the Home Transitional Heart Failure Clinic, One Person One Record is a solution that is needed to improve how our healthcare system transmits patient information amongst health professionals and providers. “As a nurse practitioner, I need access to patient information and to communicate information in minutes, not days. One Person One Record will allow health professionals to communicate efficiently, in order to provide the care that patients need effectively.”, she added.
The new clinical information system will integrate or replace more than 80 existing systems that healthcare workers currently utilize to record and view patient data. Healthcare workers are frustrated by the fact that many of these systems are old, slow, and make it difficult to transfer information between them. On average, they must log into at least five different systems in order to get a complete picture of a patient’s medical history.
Healthcare workers will be able to access a patient’s complete, up-to-date information at any time at any Nova Scotia Health or IWK Health facility thanks to this new technology.
According to Michelle Thompson, Minister of Health and Wellness, healthcare workers have been upset for years because they can’t get the patient data they need to treat patients more quickly and effectively. She also added that it’s a significant investment, but once fully realized, it may save time, increase access to better emergency treatment, shorten surgical wait times, eliminate needless and expensive testing, and increase Nova Scotia’s appeal to medical professionals.
To design, create, and maintain One Person One Record, the Province has inked a 10-year partnership with Oracle Cerner, a leader in integrated health information technology. In two years, it will begin to be implemented in hospitals, mental health facilities, and addiction treatment centers.
Over time, One Person One Record will add more capabilities, such as making it simpler for people to access their own medical records.
Before, during, and after deployment, healthcare professionals will receive complete support, including peer mentors, trainers, vendor assistance, technical support, and clinical support, as well as instructor-led classroom and online training.
For more information about this initiative, visit https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20230201001
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