The integrated electronic patient care report (ePCR) system has now been implemented in the HSE North-East across all 8 ambulance stations.
The system involves the integration of the CAD patient information, from the Communications Centre in Ambulance Headquarters in Navan, to ePCR application on the tablet PC mounted in the ambulance that the call is being dispatched to. Following the entry of the patient information in the ePCR on the tablet PC, the practitioner sends the information via GPRS/SMS – as you send a message from your phone - to the emergency department of the receiving hospital.
The ePCR also integrates with the LifePack 12 and if an ECG is taken this will also be transmitted with the patient record to the receiving emergency department. This information is viewed on a screen, eTriage, installed in the department of each hospital, but they only receive information on the patient that is being transported to them. eTriage screens are currently in use in Our Lady of Lourdes, Drogheda; Cavan General Hospital; Louth County Hospital, Dundalk; and Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan. (Continued in next column...)
||Currently additional functionalities are being developed for the ePCR, for example, a functionality which allows practitioners hand over to each other seamlessly when in different vehicles. Another functionality will make it easier and clearer if a correction is made in the event of an error in the recording of a medication on the ePCR.
ePCR in the HSE West
The ambulance service in the HSE West counties of Mayo and Roscommon are gradually implementing the ePCR system, particularly Belmullet station, which is using ePCR exclusively and printing the handover patient report in the receiving emergency department. The transmission of the patient information to an eTriage screen in the emergency departments in Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar, Roscommon County Hospital and Sligo General Hospital will be coming on stream over the coming weeks.