Te Whata Ora Waikato, formerly Waikato District Health Board, engaged Altera Digital Health to implement a comprehensive suite of cloud-based anesthesia information management tools from health technology provider Provation to replace existing old paper-based processes in its health services.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT
Based on a press release, Altera will supply the Provation iPro anesthesia system to Waikato Hospital and Thames Hospital, which collectively operate 34 operating rooms and 37 intensive care room beds. The iPro system includes iPro, IntraOp, Acute Pain Management, PACU and Analytics pre-admission tests.
iPro Anesthesia provides 24/7 support and continuous access to patient health information and can wirelessly stream patient physiological data from anesthesia machines. It also allows clinicians to track efficiency metrics, compliance, and clinical information.
In addition, it has the ability to interface with EHR, PAS, pathology and radiology systems; has narcotics reconciliation functionality; and can be integrated with Pyxis for anesthesia medication management.
The system is expected to go live in both hospitals by the end of March next year.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT
Altera won the contract to digitize hospital perioperative processes from an open market process initiated by Te Whatu Ora Waikato, the health district that serves a population of over 425,000 people.
A spokesperson for the agency said they were researching the digital anesthesia solutions “to increase patient safety and quality of services through the digitization of perioperative processes and the connection of telemetry from medical devices. anesthesia to a common database”.
In a statement, Altera said it will work closely with local health authorities and clinicians to configure the iPro Anesthesia system to “reflect local practices and nomenclature.” “This ensures that the system reflects local terminology, medications, workflows and system integrations unique to that particular healthcare environment so that it integrates seamlessly,” explained Todd Haebich, Managing Director of the company’s ANZ.
THE GREAT TREND
Altera has also implemented the Provation iPro system at Mt. Gambier and Districts Health Service in South Australia. The Royal Adelaide Hospital has also adopted the same system, with implementations beginning in 2017 with the commissioning of the iPro IntraOp.
In Singapore, the system has been delivered to Changi General Hospital and Sengkang General Hospital while implementations are underway at Singapore General Hospital and National Heart Center Singapore. He is also live at St Lukes Medical Center in Manila.
In other news, SingHealth recently extended its contract with Altera to further enable interoperability on its network. The latest agreement extends their partnership, which started in 2017, until 2029.