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Country Health SA health care model goes global

A delegation of Vietnamese doctors have toured South Australian country hospitals and inspected vital infrastructure to learn more about a system that helps cardiac patients in rural and regional areas.

Country Health SA Cardiology Director Dr Philip Tideman said it was a privilege to welcome seven clinicians from Ba Ria Vung Tau and Tay Ninh provinces in Vietnam, who wanted to learn how they can share clinical data among multiple remote health sites.

“The Vietnamese hospital groups are considering purchasing a system from GE Healthcare that enables multiple hospitals and clinics to be connected to a central database,” Dr Tideman said.

“This is somewhat similar to the Country Health SA (CHSA) model, where the GE Healthcare MUSE system – physically located at Flinders Medical Centre – supports the storage and sharing of digital electrocardiographs (ECGs).”

Dr Tideman said CHSA has installed digital ECG machines in every single South Australian country hospital, improving the support offered to country GPs by the Integrated Cardiovascular Clinical Network (iCCnet).

“This network allows digital ECGs from our 65 hospitals to be shared electronically with specialists that support our country GPs to manage cardiac patients,” he said.

Network Operations and Research Manager iCCnet CHSA, Rosy Tirimacco, said CHSA clinicians and staff gave the Vietnamese delegation a tour of the iCCnet CHSA office in the Mark Oliphant Building and the MUSE infrastructure at Flinders.

“We also took the delegation to Meningie and Districts Memorial Hospital in the Riverland Mallee Coorong and South Coast District Hospital in Victor Harbor to show them exactly how the system works in country hospitals,” she said.

“iCCnet CHSA has removed barriers, enabling country people to access necessary, safe cardiovascular care which has vastly improved clinical outcomes.

“The 30-day mortality rate for Acute Myocardial Infarction (heart attack) in country South Australia has dramatically improved, bringing it into line with metropolitan Adelaide.

“iCCnet CHSA was privileged to share our experiences with the Vietnamese delegation and we wish them well for the future.”

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