Protocols controlling Information Management

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The Alfred Hospital is a leader in the healthcare industry through its delivery and progression of health research, education and uptake of new technology. The organisation aims to achieve the best health outcomes for its patients through the application of governed health practice and dedication to high quality practice. The Alfred Health Informatics Department is the first of its kind in Australia, providing support to the organisation through the development of projects which aim to monitor and improve the data quality and integrity of the Alfred Hospital. In conjunction with various departments within the organisation such as the Information Technology and Clinical Performance Unit, the functions of each department contribute to the use and control of the total patient data. The future of health technology will revolve around the anticipated implementation of Personally-Controlled Electronic Health Records (PC-EHR) which highlights the importance of information control and how having structures in place for protection early in its development will prevent future implications after the implementation of PC-EHR's.

The Hybrid Electronic Medical Record

The Alfred utilises a Hybrid Electronic Medical Record (EMR) known as Powerchart, software created by the company ‘Cerner.’ Powerchart is a combination of scanned paper medical records and interactive software. It is a step forward towards the implementation of PC-EHR's in Australia and has been successfully implemented and used for patient care at the Alfred. The privacy and confidentiality of patient data is maintained by The Alfred by following the health information standards set by the Commonwealth Government. Cerner ensures the protection of patient informatio...

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... Ownership and Communication

The Alfred Hospital highlighted the significance of data ownership, in particular the sense of ownership of individual departments of their own databases and software systems. Departments would design databases and tables internally in order to collect data for their own needs. As an organisation develops, the integration of data becomes a topic and each department attempts to combine data. Given that the data follows industry standards of data quality, it is possible that data integration can occur. Communication is vital between departments as staff and users can simply be focused on their own tasks without knowing the functions and progress of other departments. Through continual meetings, updates of projects and meaningful collaboration between staff and departments, the further development the data collections becomes realistic.

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