Westmead Hospital’s Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre “went digital” on August 7.
The move is a major milestone for cancer patients in western Sydney, enabling referrals, appointment bookings, medical records and treatment management to be accessed electronically.
Since the late ’90s, cancer services director Prof Paul Harnett and his Sydney West Cancer Network colleagues at Westmead, Blacktown, Mount Druitt and Nepean hospitals had a vision to go “electronic”.
There have been a few false starts, but finally, that vision has been achieved!
The Blacktown Cancer and Haematology Centre went digital in August 2015 – the Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre is now able to share systems with the Blacktown centre, allowing cancer and haematology patient records to be accessible across the LHD.
Patient documents are uploaded to CERNER PowerChart to ensure timely sharing of clinical information with all departments in the LHD.
The move to online was made possible by the commitment of staff from cancer services and the ITS teams.