Minister’s Innovation Award

Winner: SA Digital Telehealth Network Project

Country Health SA Local Health Network

The SA Digital Telehealth Network is making a significant difference to country South Australians by delivering remote clinical services closer to home helping to close the inequity gap.

Initially implemented to support mental health, consumer and staff feedback has been overwhelmingly positive with a 20% increase in the average number of monthly video calls originating from the Rural and Remote Mental Health Service; the Adelaide hub of Country Mental Health. The network allows country consumers to receive a timely reliable service similar to metropolitan consumers.

The potential to use Telehealth in oncology, cardiology, rehabilitation, emergency support and beyond is substantial.

Finalist: Development of the MedSTAR Application for iPhones and iPads

MedSTAR, SA Ambulance Service

MedSTAR is SA Ambulance Service's (SAAS) innovative rapid and responsive emergency medical retrieval service which provide highly trained medical specialists both adults and kids via various transport platforms including; planes, helicopters, ambulances and rapid response vehicles.

Having easy, portable access to all logistical and standardised clinical information on which the Service relies is essential in ensuring performance to the highest standard.Initially this involved plastic folders, a Vuey Tuey, with essential information which was maintained and printed regularly, while fitting within weight restrictions. The MedSTAR App has been developed specifically for MedSTAR and replaces this.Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), rosters plus additional information is loaded that was previously only accessible while on base. This has significantly improved patient care on scene.

Finalist: Preparation for Surgery – a new model of care

Departments of Anaesthesia, Central Adelaide and Northern Adelaide Local Health Networks

Preparation for elective surgery requires exacting assessment and management of patients' medical conditions. Current pre-admission outpatient clinics are challenged by increasingly complex patients and resource limitations. In this project, pre-admission workflows and tools have been broken down, analysed, and re-formed using examples from non-medical industries.

A system including phone-based computer-assisted patient interviews allows rapid patient assessment from their homes in around 19 minutes, and provides doctors, nurses and pharmacists with a consistent accurate patient summary. Information is of equal quality to that from outpatient interviews by clinicians, and these calls are welcomed by patients. This form of electronic assessment will improve patients' access to care, reduce their need for hospital visits, and should halve overall outpatient costs.

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