The community is once again being asked to aid Ross Memorial Hospital as it tackles one of the biggest changes in the delivery of patient care.
A digital transformation that connects patient medical records to care providers — wherever they are — is currently underway.
“Some days I feel like I’m in a race against time. Patients’ complex care requires many vital steps,” said Ross Memorial hospitalist Dr. Sarah Francis.
“It might mean lab work, imaging scans, procedures or consultations with specialists. I also reach out to family physicians, pharmacists, regional partners, and patient families to ensure each person’s care is safe and effective. Fortunately, I have a great team around me. And thanks to donors, the Ross is implementing the best resources and technology to help us care for you better and faster than ever before. This includes the new clinical information system … Simply put, it connects everything we need to care for you.”
The new clinical information system connects everything from monitors that track vital signs and intravenous pumps that dispense medications to a digital medical chart that will update data in real time. Diagnostic imaging results and lab tests will be readily accessible to doctors and others providing care. Early warning and alert systems are also built in, enabling teams to respond to safety risks before they present real danger.
Francis has already seen the impact such advancements can have on her work. Recently, she treated a patient who required several specialist consultations.
“With the new system, I was able to securely message my colleagues who then had access to all the information they needed to help me make more precise and timely decisions,” said Francis.
The improvements don’t just help doctors. Anyone can access their own digital health record through the My Chart feature that includes discharge plans, tests, appointments, prescriptions and care providers’ names.
Ross Memorial Hospital Foundation CEO Erin Coons noted that while the new clinical information system marks an evolutionary leap in patient care at the Ross, it is not covered by provincial funding. Also, as Kawartha Lakes continues to grow, it’s crucial to ensure the local hospital modernizes to meet patients’ changing needs.
“The new clinical information system is the building block that will enable information sharing throughout the health system, ensuring the best care for every patient. It’s an exciting advancement, and one the entire community can support and celebrate,” stated foundation board chair Ryan O’Neill.
For more information or to make a donation, visit www.rmh.org/foundation.