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St John of God Midland goes with the flow to roll out digital patient journey boards

12 September 2023
By Kate McDonald
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St John of God Midland Public and Private hospitals in Perth have rolled out modules in Telstra Health’s Kyra Flow platform, including electronic journey boards to provide staff with real-time patient journey updates from admission to discharge, and bed management dashboards within its operational command centre.

St John of God Midland has used Telstra Health’s electronic medical record for a number of years. Now known as Kyra Clinical, its progress notes module has recently been implemented to enable staff to view and capture clinical notes. The plan is to implement more capabilities to other areas of the hospital.

Kyra Clinical and Kyra Flow are part of Telstra Health’s digital hospital platform, Kyra. Kyra Flow provides a single view of patient flow information, drawing from inpatient, elective, emergency and other compatible hospital systems.

The electronic journey board solution integrates crucial patient information from various hospital systems, including patient admission, pathology, radiology, electronic medical records, and diet systems.

St John of God Midland began rolling these out in June, going live first on Ward 3D to replace the existing hand-written whiteboards.

The dual 65-inch monitors provide caregivers near real-time, at-a-glance visibility of all 30 beds on the ward, SJOG says.

The bed management dashboards allow for continuous monitoring of admissions, discharges, and patient flow, enabling staff to identify bed availably across all wards, particularly during peak demand.

St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals CEO Paul Dyer said efficient and effective management of patient flow are critical to operational improvement, patient safety, and quality and care outcomes.

“Implementing Kyra Flow, along with expanding the use of Kyra Clinical, provides a solution to the challenges we had experienced around accurately measuring and tracking real-time capacity and demand across our wards and departments,” Mr Dyer said in a statement.

“Adding these technology solutions continues our commitment to enhancing clinical care, service excellence and patient safety.”

Mobile communication and task management platform Medtasker was also recently implemented at St John of God Midland, enabling personal care assistants in the radiology department to more efficiently move patients from wards to radiology through the use of a consolidated task management system.

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