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NZ District Health Board Saves with E-whiteboard
Source: futuregov.asia
Source Date: Monday, October 31, 2011
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: New Zealand
Created: Nov 07, 2011

The Waikato District Health Board (DHB) is reaping the benefits of its three-month old electronic whiteboard system designed to capture accurate updates on relevant information about a patient.

According to Allan Crome, Information Systems Project Manager for the Waikato DHB, prior to the implementation of the electronic whiteboard, nurses had to manually update whiteboards to display relevant medical information of patients such as the assigned doctors and nurses, special dietary requirements, and the discharge time, among others.

“The DHB decided it was time for an upgrade and started investigating electronic whiteboards. After a vendor selection process, which included a series of workshops, Waikato DHB chose to work with Datacom for the implementation of the system. ” he said.

“As of the very first day, uptake from the ward staff has been tremendous. They have used the system right from day one and it’s never reversed back to any other type of manual system,” he says.

With the system in place, Crome said that it has become a valuable time-saver since the information is made available in the two workrooms, saving the staff from having to walk to “the one whiteboard” for accurate updates.

In addition, it also allows the bed management and hospital catering services to seamlessly access the system without having to physically visit the wards, or call the ward staff to find out where certain patients were and which beds were free, and to know what their dietary requirements are.
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