MediRecords wises up on CSIRO’s Smart Forms for Healthcare
 

MediRecords wises up
on CSIRO’s Smart Forms
for Healthcare

Leading cloud healthcare technology company MediRecords is deploying CSIRO’s open-source Smart Forms software to develop FHIR forms for rapid deployment into clinical use. 

The initiative will see Smart Forms technology deployed in the MediRecords platform, enabling faster access to new clinical assessment tools and patient surveys. 

The first Smart Form, a Falls Risk Assessment, is expected to be available in MediRecords this month. 

Commissioned by the Commonwealth Department of Health, Smart Forms technology was developed to improve health assessment procedures and clinical information sharing, leading to better patient outcomes. This was first demonstrated through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Check Assessment Smart Form. 

Standardised forms can streamline how clinicians capture patient data and simplify how this data is made available for research and other analysis. 

MediRecords Integrations Lead Sanjeed Quaiyumi said Smart Forms would accelerate the introduction of new health assessments within MediRecords. 

“MediRecords is laying the foundations for the adoption of Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) in the broader health ecosystem, having developed and implemented an extensive library of FHIR and API resources. Smart Forms provide an exciting new way to gather and share data.” 

What are Smart Forms? 

Smart Forms conform to the HL7 FHIR Structured Data Capture and SMART App Launch Implementation Guides, ensuring seamless interoperability between clinical systems and applications. This standardised approach facilitates exchange of electronic health information across a diverse range of platforms. 

Key benefits of Smart Forms include: 

  • Interoperability: Facilitating seamless data exchange between FHIR-enabled healthcare applications and systems 
  • Adaptability: Customisable forms tailored to specific clinical contexts and user needs 
  • Standardisation: Adherence to standardised data formats and coding conventions for consistency in healthcare data representation 
  • Security: Robust security measures to safeguard patient data and maintain privacy 
  • User-Friendly Interface: Designed for accessibility across various levels of technical expertise 
  • Enhanced Workflow Efficiency: Streamlined data capture, retrieval, and exchange processes for improved decision-making and patient care coordination. 

MediRecords will use Smart Forms to expand its range of clinical templates, starting with the Falls Risks Assessment and extending to inpatient Admissions and Primary Care Assessments forms. 

This initiative underscores MediRecords’ commitment to driving innovation and enhancing healthcare outcomes through cutting-edge technologies. By harnessing the power of CSIRO’s Smart Forms, MediRecords aims to significantly improve data capture options, providing clinicians with advanced tools for delivering personalised patient care. 

MediRecords actively participates in the Sparked FHIR Accelerator community. Sparked is a collaboration between Department of Health and Aged Care, the Australian Digital Health Agency, HL7 Australia and CSIRO’s Australian e-Health Research Centre. 

Media inquiries:

For media inquiries or further information, please contact MediRecords Senior Business Development Manager Tim Pegler via tim.pegler@medirecords.com. 

References: 

Home – AU Core Implementation Guide v0.3.0-ballot (hl7.org.au) 

https://aehrc.csiro.au/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/2022_23-AEHRC-Annual-Report.pdf 

https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/indigenous-australians/indigenous-health-checks-follow-ups/contents/timeline-of-major-developments-in-health-check-imp  

MediRecords welcomes Queensland Health contract extension

MediRecords welcomes Queensland Health contract extension

Pioneering cloud technology company MediRecords has renewed its statewide contract with Queensland Health for provision of a Practice Management Enterprise Solution (PMES).

 

The contract extension means Queensland Hospital and Health Services can deploy functions such as ePrescribing within MediRecords’ clinical platform, while continuing use of the Medicare billing and reporting workflows implemented in 2019.

Use of the clinical records platform is growing, with MediRecords now supporting Queensland Health (QH) teams in alcohol and other drug clinics and virtual care.

The renewed Standing Offer Arrangement (SOA) is for an initial term of three years with an option to extend two.

MediRecords Founder and Chief Executive Officer Matthew Galetto welcomed the SOA extension and the opportunity to innovate with QH teams.

“As an industry leader in cloud hosted FHIR technology, the sky is the limit for how we can support Queensland Health staff and patients.”

Mr Galetto said the MediRecords billing and claiming platform had delivered significant efficiency gains for Queensland Health since 2019, including an 85% reduction in rejected Medicare claims realised within two months of go live.

“With more than 6000 subscribers within Queensland Health, we have been able to demonstrate the value and efficiency of a scalable solution for a large enterprise client,” Mr Galetto said.

MediRecords was the first clinical and administrative, cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) application introduced within the QH IT environment.

Implemented to support private practice billing, receipting, distribution and reporting of practice revenue on behalf of medical officers, MediRecords also provides appointment management and clinical records at some HHSs.

New features to be added to the MediRecords platform in 2024 include transaction reports, deposits, an inpatient Admissions Module, and new patient portal.

Media inquiries

To arrange to speak with Mr Galetto, or for further information on MediRecords, please email Tim Pegler or call 0412 485 146.

For information on MediRecords FHIR technology, see https://connect.medirecords.com/

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    MediRecords makeover brings new features for multidisciplinary care

    MediRecords makeover brings new features for multidisciplinary care

    Innovative cloud electronic health record company MediRecords has released a major makeover of its entire platform, including new features supporting team-care.

    The MediRecords 2.0 release implements a new user interface designed to optimise screen space, simplify navigation, and increase prominence for alerts and notifications.

    Another new feature is a universal communications bar for real time chat between team members from anywhere in MediRecords, with email integration coming soon.

    In recognition of healthcare providers’ increasingly fragmented work lives, clinicians can now see a calendar view that shows their appointments across multiple clinics.

    MediRecords has also introduced multi-factor authentication, which bolsters existing security options, such as Azure Active Directory integration.

    A major program of work throughout 2023 will see additional features released, including:

    • Case Management
    • Group Appointments
    • An inpatient module with admissions, charting, handovers, and medication management
    • Letter writer tool upgrade
    • Email on demand
    • Payments integration.

    MediRecords founder and Chief Executive Officer Matthew Galetto said providing the flexibility to support multidisciplinary, value-based care was central to the platform redesign.

    “The Federal Government’s Strengthening Medicare Taskforce pointed to the importance of multidisciplinary care in general practice and allied health. MediRecords is committed to supporting new ways of delivering connected care to people with chronic conditions, wherever they are in Australia.”

    MediRecords clients include virtual emergency departments, private hospital consulting suites, government agencies, telehealth and virtual care providers, general practitioners, specialists, and multidisciplinary clinics.

    Media inquiries

    To arrange to speak with Mr. Galetto, or for further information on MediRecords 2.0, please email Tim Pegler or call 0412 485 146.

    ABOUT MEDIRECORDS

    Established in 2014, Australian digital health technology company MediRecords offers a flexible and scalable cloud-hosted electronic health record and patient management system used across the continuum of Australian healthcare.

    MediRecords has significant contracts with Queensland Health and the Department of Defence. In March 2020, MediRecords and healthdirect collaborated to deliver the National Coronavirus Helpline, which was an integral part of the Australian Government’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

    For further information, visit MediRecords.com

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      MediRecords stepping into outpatient clinics at MQ Health

      MediRecords stepping
      into outpatient clinics
      at MQ Health

      Leading Australian cloud health software company MediRecords will be the new clinical record system for MQ Health outpatient clinics.

       

      MediRecords has been selected following a competitive tender process to support 18 clinics providing a range of services including breast health, cardiology, endocrinology, haematology, neuropsychology, neurology, ophthalmology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and urology.

      The project will also involve integration with MQ Health’s electronic medical record, an InterSystems TrakCare solution.

      MediRecords CEO Matthew Galetto welcomed the partnership with MQ Health’s leading clinicians, researchers, students, and Australia’s first university-owned teaching hospital.

      “This is an amazing opportunity to support the work of multidisciplinary outpatient clinics providing such vital services to Sydney residents,” Mr Galetto said. “We look forward to working with MQ Health teams and getting data migration and implementation under way.”

      MediRecords supports hospital and outpatient clinic clients including:

      • The Victorian Virtual Emergency Department and Northern Health mental health team, as an ePrescribing system
      • Queensland Health’s Metro North Virtual Emergency Department as an ePrescribing system
      • 13 Queensland Health Hospital and Health Services as a billing and claiming system for outpatient clinics
      • My Emergency Doctor virtual teams providing senior emergency physicians to Urgent Care Centres, hospitals and ambulance services across Australia
      • Private hospital Visiting Medical Officer consulting suites as an electronic health record (EHR) and patient management system.

      MediRecords is also the clinical EHR for another major university.

      For the full list of MQ Health clinics, see MQ Health Medical Services & Clinics.

      Media inquiries

      To arrange to speak with Mr Galetto, or for further information on the MQ Health project, please email Tim Pegler or call  0412485146.

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        MediRecords on FHIR at Northern Health
         

        MediRecords on FHIR
        at Northern Health

        Mental Health teams at Northern Health now have access to the MediRecords e-Prescribing platform, following successful integrations with the hospital’s patient administration system (PAS) and Clinical Patient Folder (CPF) software.

         

        The pioneering FHIR (Fast Health Interoperability Resources) connections mean doctors don’t have to search a second database for patient records and can generate electronic prescriptions quickly, informed by current clinical information, including allergies and medication histories. Prescription records are then sent to CPF in real time, and no longer have to be posted to patients or manually scanned and uploaded to hospital digital records.

        The FHIR go-live signals Phase 2 of MediRecords’ implementation at Northern Health, following an initial launch as a stand-alone system for Victorian Virtual Emergency Department (VVED) doctors in July 2022. Wider use of the e-Prescribing system is being adopted, with Northern’s Outpatient clinics and mental health included in a staggered roll out from 31st January 2023. This implementation was the first FHIR implementation performed at Northern Health.

        MediRecords Chief Executive Officer Matthew Galetto said Northern Health had demonstrated the benefits of using industry-leading FHIR technology to streamline data interoperability and support efficient patient care in a hospital setting.

        “It is important for healthcare organisations investing in new digital health projects to future proof their investments by adopting the latest standards. Implementing FHIR will help organisations stay ahead of the curve and meet near future regulatory requirements,” Mr Galetto said.

        Mr Galetto said MediRecords would be releasing additional FHIR integration pathways for clients throughout 2023, as part of the Connect pillar underpinning the MediRecords platform.

        “We are fortunate to be at the forefront of FHIR development in Australia, thanks to our role in the Leidos-led consortium delivering a new Health Knowledge Management (HKM) system for the Australian Defence Force,” Mr Galetto said.

        “Data sharing for the HKM project has applicability throughout Australian healthcare and means we will be able to connect health care records in primary care all the way up to hospital, or tertiary care. This will help provide patients and clinicians with access to the right data at the right time, with significant safety benefits.”

        Mr Galetto thanked Northern Health for being an early adopter of the technology, the first time MediRecords has been deployed in a hospital setting supporting virtual care.

        “The Northern Health team are pioneers in virtual care and are now leading the way in connecting patient information systems.”

        Northern Health’s Mental Health Division provides hospital-based, community and specialist mental health services to youth, adults and aged people across northern and western Melbourne. The introduction of ePrescribing means prescriptions can be sent instantly and electronically to patients or carers, with a QR code to be scanned at pharmacies for dispensing. This provides significantly faster access to new and repeat medications for mental health clients.

        Media inquiries

        For further information, please email Matthew Galetto on matthew@medirecords.com or Tim Pegler at tim.pegler@medirecords.com

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          MediRecords Product Update: Consent Module
           

          Product update:
          Consent Module

          MediRecords is excited to announce another product update, the Consent Module.

          The Consent Module addresses a critical need in healthcare – the need to capture and store electronic consent forms (and help make clipboards and paper-based questionnaires a thing of the past). 

          MediRecords’ Consent Module has the flexibility to record consent for various procedure types or investigations. The Consent module is per-patient and used to capture and store the Consent type, scope, and associated documentation required (coming soon). 

          It shows exactly what the patient has provided consent for or rejected. This includes concepts such as Advanced Care Directives, information disclosure to third parties, acceptance of privacy policies and more. 

          You can open this new feature via a new tab at the top of the patient record, for quick viewing access. Potential ways to use the Consent Module include: 

          1. New Patient Registration form – patients can sign consent for a practice to begin collecting their medical information 
          2. Advanced Care Directive – patient provides consent for their care if they become unable to make these decisions themselves 
          3. Procedural consent – Useful in pre-admission workflows – consent for upcoming procedures or treatment 
          4. Do Not Resuscitate – orders given by the patient not to resuscitate if they fall unconscious

          Future enhancements are imminent for this feature. In future releases you will be able to upload a Consent document directly to the Consent record, so that you can store paper consent forms along with electronic records.  

          To learn more about the Consent Module and how you can implement it for your business, please follow the link to our Knowledge Base articles below or contact our friendly Support team. 

          If you have feedback on our new feature, please reach out to your account manager. We would love to hear from you!  

          Consent Module Support Knowledge Base article 

           All new customers are welcome to book a demonstration to learn how MediRecords can support your organisation today

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            MediRecords powers paperless prescribing at Australia’s first virtual Emergency Department

            MediRecords powers paperless prescribing at Australia’s first
            virtual Emergency Department

            Leading Australian cloud health software company MediRecords is playing a vital role in the Victorian Virtual Emergency Department(VVED), helping to reduce pressure on hospitals and ambulances across the state.

             
            From today, MediRecords will enable VVED doctors to send electronic prescriptions direct to patients or their carers, reducing paperwork and postage and transportation costs.
             
            As the project progresses, MediRecords’ commitment to FHIR technology (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) will mean the hospital’s patient administration system and data warehouses are seamlessly updated with information such as medication requests.
             
            Northern Health launched Australia’s first virtual emergency department (ED) in 2020, aiming to reduce avoidable ‘presentations’ at the hospital and minimise infection risks for patients and staff.
             
            The virtual ED has been so successful the Victorian Government expanded it to a statewide service, and last week announced additional funding to enable care for up to 500 patients per day. The VVED is also supporting people in residential aged care and COVID-positive patients being cared for in the community.
             
            More than 70 per cent of patients using the VVED do not need to attend at the hospital or require ambulance transport. Patients are initially triaged by a nurse who assesses whether the patient can be assisted with medication or by an online doctor or physiotherapist, can wait to see their usual GP, or need to go to hospital.
             

            MediRecords CEO Matthew Galetto said integrated electronic prescribing gave patients quicker access to medication while reducing paperwork for the VVED team.

            “Hospitals and ambulances are under incredible pressure as COVID-19 cases rise. MediRecords is proud to help reduce this stress by supporting the vital work of the Victorian Virtual Emergency Department.”

            Media inquiries

            To arrange to speak with Mr Galetto, or for further information on the VVED project, please email tim.pegler@medirecords.com.

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              MediRecords Product Update: Work Lists & User Groups
               

              Product update:
              Work Lists &
              User Groups

              MediRecords launches Work Lists and User Groups

              A lot of product development has been happening here at MediRecords, and we’re excited to launch two new features with you – Work Lists and User Groups!

              Works Lists and User Groups will assist staff in creating efficiencies across their day by helping them keep track of and set due dates for work items, and ensure tasks are completed on time. This feature will also allow staff to create work items for individuals or a group of their colleagues to complete.  

              Through Work Lists, you can create a list of Tasks and Clinical Actions and then share the list with a group of users. When a Task or Clinical Action is marked as completed by someone in the user group, this will update the item for all users assigned to the group. 

              Benefits: 

              • Keep track of work items in MediRecords, so other staff can assist if a colleague is absent. 
              • Comprehensive medicolegal audit trail, storing activity records against a patient.  
              • Drive efficiencies in daily activities through setting due dates for Tasks, Clinical Actions and Work Lists, and receive notifications of upcoming work items that are due for completion. 
              • Manage patient-centred workflows such as Care Plan-related tasks and other chronic disease management programs.  

              Worklists:  

              Work Lists allow you to create Tasks and Clinical Actions to track the ongoing care of single or multiple patients. Each activity is stored against the patient record, providing a comprehensive medicolegal audit for items related to patient care, both clinical and administrative.  

              For example, if a nurse needs to make observations of multiple patients on a particular day, completing this via a Work List will streamline the process and ensure that each time the nurse updates a completed task, it will be saved against the patients’ clinical record.  

              Work Lists can also be printed as a day sheet of items to complete, making it easy for staff to work through their daily requirements. 

               

              User Groups:  

              Create groups of users to send Clinical Actions, Tasks, or Work Lists to multiple team members. For example, once set up, you can now send a task to all nurses at once, notifying all users in that group. When a user in that group updates the task, this will update the item for all users assigned to the group. 

              To learn more about Work Lists and User Groups and how you can implement them in your business today, follow the links to our Knowledge Base articles below or contact our friendly Support team. 

               We look forward to hearing how you’re using this handy new functionality. 

              Work Lists and User Groups Support Knowledge Base article links: 

               All new customers are welcome to book a demonstration to learn how MediRecords can support your organisation today. 

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                FHIRing up the Australian Defence Force
                 

                FHIRing up the Australian Defence Force

                Hear how FHIR is connecting the entire Defence health ecosystem with OntoServer at its heart!

                 
                At the recent Inaugural Australasian CXO Healthcare Cloud Summit in Sydney, MediRecords CEO and Founder, Matthew Galetto, presented a case study on how FHIR is connecting the entire Defence health ecosystem. 
                 
                View the video below! 
                 
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                  Taking the pulse on digital health
                   

                  Taking the pulse on
                  digital health

                  MediRecords attended a packed Digital Health Festival in an icy Melbourne on 31 May and 1 June. The conference was the largest face-to-face event since the pandemic and attracted international speakers and delegates from across Australia.

                   

                  A recurrent theme was that telehealth has been normalised during the pandemic and is now an everyday tool for doctors and specialists. But while digital and virtual care technology is widely used, too many systems still don’t share information and healthcare professionals are fed up with having to use multiple, disconnected products.

                  Here are some snapshots from the festival:

                  Australian Digital Health Agency CEO Amanda Cattermole said the agency remains committed to a connected healthcare system through which data passes, “seamlessly, safely and securely”. Ms Cattermole said a new National Digital Health Strategy is imminent and that the ADHA has three key roles:

                  1. Creating a collaborative environment that accelerates adoption of digital technology, including stewarding and supporting state government initiatives.
                  2. Building and providing ‘infrastructure glue’ that is FHIR enabled, web-based and includes a new health API gateway to national digital health systems, due by the end of 2022.
                  3. Co-designing a governance framework, or the ‘guardrails’ for a national healthcare interoperability plan.

                  ADHA projects under way also include:

                  • a national digital children’s health record, replacing state-based systems
                  • a framework for sharing population health data ethically and securely
                  • a national digital imaging platform for diagnostic medical imaging, and
                  • a My Health Record mobile app.
                  Dr Paresh Dawda, Director and Principal at Prestantia Health and Next Practice in Canberra, illustrated the importance of user experience design and interoperable health data systems by talking about a typical work day. Dr Dawda spends an estimated eight minutes every morning logging into 16 different clinical systems. Cumulatively that’s more than 30 hours per year that he can’t spend on patient care and the cost to his business could be $9800 per clinician per year. While digital technology, “is often held up as the solution to clinician burnout, it can also be part of the problem”, he said. True interoperability would mean clinicians could use fewer systems to access the same amount of data, freeing time to dedicate to patient care.
                   

                  My Emergency Doctor founder and Medical Director Justin Bowra explained how virtual ED doctors help improve patient flow and reduce clinical risks at hospitals and urgent care centres. Dr Bowra said MED clinicians conduct case conferences via video calls, including reviewing the status of patients waiting in ambulances. The case conferences enable patient flow decisions that reduce ED wait times, such as advising that patients can go direct to theatre. The service also provides clinical decision support and mentoring to on-site doctors and an auditable recording of all interactions.

                  Caligo Health Managing Director Dr Amandeep Hansra said the COVID-19 pandemic had catapulted digital health innovation forward by at least a decade, creating created consumers who are actively engaged in their care and demand access to and control of personal data. The pandemic had also created a mountain of data — 30% of global data comes from health — that could be the foundation for scalable analytics and AI-driven businesses. 

                  e-Health Queensland Health Deputy Director General Damian Green walked festival goers through the Sunshine State’s digital strategy, emphasising the importance of human-centered design and delivering equitable healthcare access for First Nations peoples and diverse communities. Mr Green said clinicians were required to work with too many products and ‘system sustainability’ would necessitate fewer systems with the requisite data for better decision making. He said safety was at the heart of all digital investment decisions and told vendors, “if you can show you are going to improve outcomes, then talk to us.”

                  Victorian Department of Health Chief Digital Officer Neville Board placed patient safety as the destination for the Garden State’s digital health roadmap. Mr Board said reducing risks to patients caused by paper-based processes was a major priority and showed how e-prescribing significantly reduces risks of medication errors. Victoria has also committed to a Health Information Exchange that enables interchange of information between all hospitals.

                  Neville Board placed patient safety as the destination for the Garden State’s digital health roadmap. Mr Board said reducing risks to patients caused by paper-based processes was a major priority and showed how e-prescribing significantly reduces risks of medication errors. Victoria has also committed to a Health Information Exchange that enables interchange of information between all hospitals.

                  Victorian Chief Digital Officer Neville Board highlights the risks of handwritten medication notes.

                  Alcidion CEO Kate Quirke said procurement processes in Australia were a deterrent to innovation and that many Proof of Concept projects did not proceed to implementation because contractual requirements were too onerous.

                  Former Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Nick Coatsworth said healthcare start-ups need to be thoroughbreds capable of going the distance, rather than flashy unicorns. And the secret to designing an enduring product? Make sure you’re solving problems for patients and their families.

                  Dr Emma Rees, Founder and CEO of women’s healthcare platform Femma, said health care should not cease when a patient leaves the room and be suspended until a follow-up appointment. Dr Rees said “the future of healthcare is a hybrid model” where patients have clinically curated, individual management plans and on-demand access to education materials and nutritional, exercise, mindfulness and yoga programs.

                  Image courtesy of ResApp

                  Australian start-up ResApp has developed a digital diagnostic app for respiratory illnesses, available on mobile devices. The ResApp tool listens to a patient cough five times and then sends a report direct to a GP. ResApp CEO Dr Tony Keating said trials in India and the US had shown a high level of accuracy in diagnosing COVID-19. Using the app for initial diagnosis could make up to 80% of RAT and PCR testing unnecessary, bringing immediate benefits for patients, cost savings for governments and environmental benefits. 

                  The Global Healthcare Lead for Zoom, Ron Emerson, said research by a leading US healthcare provider had shown that 70 per cent of patients attending at urgent care facilities could be safely seen by a virtual health care clinician, helping to relieve pressures on overcrowded hospitals. Zoom is now being used by prestigious US healthcare organisations, including the Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins and New York Presbyterian hospitals.

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