Digital transformation in emergency medicine at UHL

Fintan Walsh


Fintan Walsh

Digital transformation in emergency medicine at UHL

Noreen Spillane, Paul Matthews, Dr Damien Ryan and Brian McKeon Picture: Don Moloney

UNIVERSITY Hospital Limerick is a step closer to “fully digital care” following the launch of special software that will help emergency department staff to better manage increased demand and to collect important patient data.

The new IMS Maxims software provides an integrated IT system, with reporting and analytical tools, which will allow consultants to deal with the busy A&E environment.

The system went live over the weekend with no disruption to patient care, a spokesperson for UL Hospitals Group said.

Minister for Health Simon Harris said that digital initiatives such as these support “better and safer clinical decision-making” in the health service. 

He added: “Delivering over this weekend into a busy emergency department again illustrates the commitment and passion of our staff to advance how we can use technology to improve the way in which we deliver care.”

Group director of informatics, Brian McKeon said that the system “continues our journey towards fully digital care for the people of the Mid-West and throughout Ireland.  It is integrated with our own group-wide patient management system, which has one identifier for all acute patients in the region.

“Our previous legacy system was unstable and had limited clinical data, but this new system will allow us to analyse real-time ED data through our cloud-based business intelligence platform.”

HSE chief information officer, Richard Corbridge said that the new software enables “real time information to support the management of patient flow, and delivers bed-side clinical information to staff, enabling safer, more efficient care to be delivered”.

The new system can record attendance, clinical triage, and outcomes for each patient. A spokesperson for the UL Hospitals Group said that this will aid operations in the new emergency department, which is due to open next May. Group CEO, Colette Cowan said that the going live of the software is a “fantastic achievement” for the UL Hospitals and the community.

“The new software enables clinicians to have a shared view of their patients’ conditions and gives them the tools to quickly and accurately treat or discharge them. It also readies the hospital for further digital transformation. We are making great advancements in digital health and I look forward to seeing the continued benefits to staff and patients in Limerick,” she enthused.

Shane Tickell, of IMS Maxims said that the launch is “the starting gun for a new and exciting phase of our relationship with UL Hospitals Group”.