GPs and Sunrise EMR & PAS

General Practitioners (GPs) are pivotal in the management of patient care in the South Australian community.

SA Health acknowledges that partnering and connecting with GPs is critical to improving health outcomes for patients – this includes the provision of information and training about its electronic medical record system, Sunrise EMR and Sunrise PAS.

As a GP in South Australia, regardless of whether you work for or are contracted to a SA Health site, SA Health’s electronic medical record system (EMR) may provide additional tools to assist you in providing patient care.

Additionally, by understanding the SA Health EMR, it is hoped you will be sufficiently informed to respond to your patients’ questions about the system if asked or able to direct their enquiry to the right place.

Understanding the interaction between Sunrise EMR and the My Health Record systems could also be beneficial to you.

Key points for GPs regarding SA Health's electronic medical record (EMR):

  • It is a state-based electronic medical record that is used in some South Australian public hospitals and health services. It is the primary clinical (Sunrise EMR) and administrative (Sunrise PAS) documentation system for managing patient care.
  • The system is used at major public hospitals, GP Plus Health Care Centres and Super Clinics in metropolitan Adelaide and in some regional areas – view all locations.
  • GPs who work for, or are contracted to SA Health, are required to undertake training and demonstrate competency in using Sunrise EMR prior to commencing work at a hospital or health service that uses the system – view training requirements.
  • Patient discharge summaries are automatically sent from the Sunrise system to patients’ My Health Record, where the patient has a My Health Record account and is over the age of 18. With the patient’s consent, this service allows GPs to view their patient’s hospital information during follow up visits to assist with the preparation of plans for ongoing care if required. Note: Available by mid-2020 for GPs of Royal Adelaide Hospital patients.
  • The EMR draws GP contact details directly from the Health Provider Registry and uses these details to fax patient discharge summaries. For this reason, it is important for all GPs to ensure their details on the Registry are always current.
  • Your patient’s medical information is private and secure – view information for patients, families and community.
  • Unlike My Health Record, patients cannot opt out of having a South Australian-based electronic medical record. Once implemented at a SA Health hospital or healthcare site, it will be the only patient administration and clinical documentation system in use. If a patient presents to a Sunrise-enabled healthcare site and receives medical care, an EMR will be created for them.
  • GP referrals: Outpatient services using the EMR are required to register patients according to the SA Health Client Identification Standards. Therefore, referrals need to contain patient demographic information that allows patients to be identified and registered in the EMR. Relevant clinician information should be included in GP referrals to avoid potential delays in patients being seen and to assist hospital outpatient services to triage patients appropriately.
  • Outpatient letters: The EMR system generates a letter for GPs containing information relating to a patient’s Outpatient visit. Clinicians can choose to include information in the letter that is relevant to the continuing care that GPs will provide to their patients. The format of the letter was developed following consultation with GPs.
  • In addition to improving clinical and administrative processes, the EMR brings improvements to medication management through electronically generated prescriptions – view Information for pharmacists if you want to learn more. Note: This functionality is coming in 2020 to the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

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