SA Health News Release
Wednesday, 8 August 2012
Work is underway to re-instate bedside computer services at public hospitals across the state. Executive Director of eHealth Systems, David Johnston, said following four minor incidents in late June when screens came loose from their wall mountings; SA Health undertook a thorough investigation.
“We are working with Independent Structural Engineers and the subcontractors to begin re-installing and re-activating the bedside computers in accordance with the approved specifications,” Mr Johnston said.
“The bedside computers at Modbury Hospital and the Repatriation General Hospital have now completed this process and have been returned to service.” The Royal Adelaide Hospital, Whyalla Hospital, Noarlunga Hospital and Lyell McEwin Hospital bedside computers are expected to be reinstated in the next few weeks.
Work will also continue on the re-installation at Mount Gambier Hospital, Port Augusta Hospital and Port Pirie Hospital. Patients at Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Mount Gambier Hospital, Whyalla Hospital and some areas of The Royal Adelaide Hospital can continue to access existing entertainment services, including free to air TV. “Patient safety is our top priority, which is why we have undertaken an extensive process to ensure bedside computers are returned to service only when we are completely satisfied the units have been installed correctly,” Mr Johnston said.
From 2013, clinical applications will be available on the bedside computers, helping to streamline clinical work practices and improve access to medical and patient information.