Thursday, March 16, 2017
It Seems ePAS Still Can’t Stay Out Of The News. Oh Dear!
This appeared a few days ago.
Josephine Lim, The Advertiser
March 8, 2017
THE State Coroner has slammed SA Health’s controversial new electronic patient records system for “effectively preventing the court from establishing the truth” in the death of a former Socceroo.
Coroner Mark Johns is investigating the death of Stephen Herczeg, 72, at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on September 19 last year.
SA Health E Health Systems chief director William LeBlanc fronted the inquest on Wednesday and was unable to explain one of the documents assessing Mr Herczeg’s condition that had been generated by EPAS.
That prompted Mr Johns to question how SA Health had submitted “considerably worse than satisfactory” evidence.
“How on earth is it that printing a hard copy is not included as a basic function of EPAS?” he said.
“Was the system trying to avoid the scrutiny by courts?”
Mr Johns said he had raised the issue of the functionality of EPAS with Health Minister Jack Snelling for more than a year.
“It’s effectively preventing the court from establishing the truth of a patient’s death in the SA public health system,” he said.
There is also coverage here:
Published: 5:28 pm, Wednesday, 8 March 2017
South Australian Coroner Mark Johns has slammed the state's controversial new electronic patient records system, EPAS, during an inquest into the death of former Socceroo Stephen Herczeg.
Mr Herczeg, 72, was admitted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Adelaide last year after falling over at his house.
While he was a patient at the hospital his urinary catheter was connected to an oxygen supply, resulting in ruptured internal organs and ultimately, death.
Today the inquest called upon the testimony of the SA eHealth Systems chief director, William LeBlanc, the man in charge of rolling out EPAS through the state.
Mr LeBlanc was unable to answer questions about one of the documents concerning Mr Herczeg's stay at the hospital.
The file was pulled from the EPAS system and printed off by SA Health, before being submitted to the courts as evidence. Both the coroner and Mr LeBlanc had difficulty navigating and deciphering the document.
One can only hope since the issues emerged there has been an enhancement or two to address the issues raised by the Coroner.
Posted by Dr David More MB PhD FACHI at Thursday, March 16, 2017