Electronic Management Paper Named Best Presentation

Wednesday, 15 October 2014
A presentation about Portland District Health’s shift from a paper-based health record system to an electronic health record (EHR) has won national recognition.

`Driving towards the electronic health record - our journey so far: a regional rural perspective, presented by PDH chief health information manager Claire Holt, was named the best presentation at the recent Health Information Management Association of Australia's conference in Darwin.

Ms Holt won the award ahead of 30 other presenters at the three-day national conference.

Ms Holt, who won a new Samsung tablet for her presentation, said she tried to tell a story, not just present facts and figures.

I have a really strong feeling against `death by PowerPoint and an aversion to reading notes, she said.

I used a radio microphone, stepped away from the lecturn and tried to present our story concisely within my 20-minute timeframe.

The presentation style clicked with her fellow conference delegates who voted it as the best at the event and sought out more information.

Many people came up to me after the presentation to find out more about our journey,she said. It is pleasing that we have been able to showcase PDH’s successful program.

The presentation followed PDH’s journey over the past decade from the use of hand-written notes to the new EHR system.

PDH hopes to totally convert from paper to the electronic system by the end of 2015 and is already about 80 per cent of the way.

The change has led to a substantial drop in documentation errors and improved access to critical information at the time it is needed for patient care.

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