CUMH becomes Ireland’s first digital hospital

CUMH becomes Ireland’s first digital hospital
CUMH staff pictured as the hospital becomes Ireland's first digital hospital.

Cork University Maternity Hospital (CUMH) has become Ireland’s first fully digital hospital.

The development ensures that all women interacting with CUMH for gynaecology services will have a complete electronic health record.

This will enable the rapid sharing of clinical information to those providing care for the over 18,000 patients who attend the hospital each year.

CUMH is the first site in Ireland to extend the use of Maternal and Newborn Clinical Management System (MN-CMS) to include gynaecology care.

The key benefits of MN-CMS electronic health records include improved patient experience and care as well as risk reduction and better communication.

The development will also ensure effective and efficient recording of information and improved medication safety.

Professor John Higgins, Clinical Director Maternity Directorate, South/South West Hospital Group explained the introduction of Electronic Health Record (EHR) MN-CMS has enhanced care at the hospital.

“It allows electronically recorded clinical information to be shared easily with relevant providers of care, as and when required through the use of a technology enabled solution,” he said.

“This will enable better, safer healthcare as it supports improvements in care processes, monitors quality and safety of care delivery and reduces the possibility of errors.” The CUMH Local Implementation Team (LIT) includes dedicated representatives from clinical, administrative, bio-med and ICT staff and is led by the local MN-CMS Project Manager.

In addition, the LIT is supported by the HSE National Project Team (NPT), National Back Office (NBO) and the Cerner team.

Both the HSE and Cerner teams have leads across key areas such as change management, migration, testing, training and reporting.

The Electronic Health Record (EHR) the Maternal and Newborn Clinical Management System (MN-CMS) is operating in Cork University Maternity Hospital (CUMH), University Hospital Kerry (UHK), the Rotunda, and the National Maternity Hospital (NMH).

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