During a recent visit to the South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen the Minister Edwin Poots took the opportunity to view the hospital’s new Electronic Document Management (EDM) system. The system is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland and commenced as a pilot project in March this year with a view to extending it to other hospitals across in the province in the future.
Speaking during the visit to the hospital which opened in June 2012, the Minister said: “This is a highly sophisticated system which will transform the way medical case notes and associated documents are managed and accessed by healthcare professionals. It will fully maximise the potential of the recently launched Electronic Care Record by enabling patient records to be fully automated and accessible 100% of the time where they are needed, at the point of care.”
Chairman of the Western Trust, Gerard Guckian said: “EDM is a cutting-edge flagship project offering tremendous benefits for patients and staff. Our staff are very impressed with the new system, it is quick and easy to use and they spend less time retrieving, transporting and waiting to receive patient files. Patient details can now be accessed in real time and this helps with the treatment and care packages which are put in place in our hospitals.” Read more: Department Press Release