10 Dec 2011 | Medication Safety
Taranaki Daily Times
The future of Taranaki Base Hospital is paperless.
"At some point we will become a digital hospital and you will not need paper," IT guru Darrin Hackett, general manager of HIQ, or health intelligence at the Taranaki District Health Board, said.
Mr Hackett says the refurbishment of Base Hospital will "future-proof" it to ensure it can account for technology developments over the next 25 years.
Members of the TDHB seemed impressed during a presentation by Mr Hackett at their board meeting yesterday. They heard patients' whereabouts could soon be tracked through the hospital by radio-frequency identification. An electronic tag could be attached to patients to track their progress through the emergency department to wards.
The information will be combined in a computer to help clinicians ensure they were giving the right medications to the right people.
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