Successful Bert Wilmot Scholarship

Pat Wilmot & Claire Holt
Monday, 23 November 2015
Portland District Health’s electronic health system is regarded as one of the best in rural Australia and it’s set to get even better.

PDH is moving closer to 100 per cent coverage with the management of electronic health records, which includes electronic medication ordering, dispensing and administration.

The electronic TrakC program allows PDH to have a single patient management system where information is available regardless of where patients are in their health journey. This system improves the consumer experience as they no longer have to repeat information for each clinician, and all appropriate clinicians can see who is interacting with consumers across all disciplines to provide the best and safest care possible.

The system manages electronic clinical notes for inpatients and outpatients and provides electronic discharge summaries.

EHealth is an important initiative in health care and PDH is aiming to ensure it remains at the forefront of its implementation. To help to maintain this status, Health Information Manager Claire Holt was won a travelling award to attend the Health Information Management Systems Society Conference in Las Vegas next February.

Ms Holt has been awarded $4575 through the annual Bert Wilmot Travelling Scholarship Award to attend the conference.

She said PDH went live with electronic medication management in December 2013 and has been gradually extending to process

Ms Holt said the system had led to an improvement in safety and quality. It avoids confusion and reduces mistakes, giving peace of mind to patients. We have all their information stored securely and accurately and readable, and where we need to transfer care we can transfer information reliably and safely.

Ms Holt said the conference would be an exciting education experience with sessions dedicated to electronic health records and using innovative technology for care coordination. New solutions and emerging technologies are also show-cased. This is the premier international event in health technology and more than 40,000 health IT specialists attend, she said.

Bert Wilmot served on the Hospital Board and its sub committees for 31 years, between 1964 and 1995. He held senior offices from 1980-1986 and was chairman of the joint committee of management which oversaw the hospital's 1988 redevelopment program.

In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the hospital, the Board of Management established an annual scholarship named in his honour.

The award was presented by Mr Wilmot’s widow, Pat, at the PDH annual general meeting.

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