DIPS at Oslo University Hospital
On 20 October 2014, the countdown was finally over. A new regional electronic patient records system based on DIPS has now been introduced at Oslo University Hospital (OUH).
CEO Bjørn Erikstein (OUH) believes the patient records system will have several positive effects for the hospital. The staff will now use a joint standardised and coordinated system – a well-tested system that they know will work. All hospitals in three of Norway's four health regions now have an electronic patient records system based on DIPS. A conversion of data on the scale carried out by OUH last weekend has never been seen before in the Norwegian healthcare system.
'We have established a joint electronic patient records and patient administration system for somatic medicine, psychiatry and drugs/alcohol and addiction medicine at Oslo University Hospital. This means that patient information is available across disciplines and geographical boundaries in the hospital, with one patient record and one joint solution for test results,' says project manager Einar Hysing in a press release issued by the hospital.
Patient safety is improved when all information is registered electronically, and we use less paper.
The hospital will have an electronic message exchange system with the City of Oslo, and, in time, with other municipalities, which will lead to better follow-up of patients,' says Hysing. The electronic patient records system that has now been introduced at Oslo University Hospital is adapted to the hospital's needs and complies with a newly adopted regional standard. Several hundred employees from all parts of the hospital have been involved in the extensive work of establishing the new patient records system. CEO Bjørn Erikstein believes that the EPR project will have a unifying effect on the whole hospital.
CEO Bjørn Erikstein believes that the EPR project will have a unifying effect on the whole hospital.
New features of the new patient records system at OUH:
- Historical data are gathered in one record for each patient
- One joint solution for test results from laboratories, pathology and radiology
- Easier to maintain an overview of waiting lists across hospitals
- Electronic document flow that reduces the risk of documents being misplaced
- Structured care plans in the nursing service
- Nursing and care messages are sent electronically to the City of Oslo
- Improved communication across hospital boundaries in Oslo University Hospital
- Clearer and more uniform communication from Oslo University Hospital