Auburn Hospital locks in NSW digital first

Staff Specialist Felicity Day and nurse practitioner Dave Douglas.

Auburn Hospital is the first health facility in New South Wales to go live with eFluids, an electronic system for fluid orders and drug infusions.

It is the first upgrade of the next wave of digital improvements coming to Auburn in November as part of the Digital Health Clinical Program, which is upgrading the clinical systems in all the hospitals in the Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD).

Instead of using paper, clinicians will be using an electronic fluid balance chart for intravenous (IV) fluids to manage patients’ medications.

It might sound simple, but it has been a year in the making.

“Digital Hospitals don’t just happen overnight. There is a lot of planning, testing and consultation that goes into making sure a system can support clinical care,” Chief Medical Information Officer, Associate Professor Naren Gunja said.

“That’s what we’ve been doing this year to make sure Auburn is ready to be the first facility in the state to go live with eFluids.”

eFluids will go live at the hospital on Tuesday October 16 and continue over the course of the week.

The rest of the Digital Health Clinical Program upgrades will go live at Auburn Hospital on November 13 with upgrades in operating theatres and across multiple medical devices.

Blacktown, Mount Druitt and Westmead Hospitals will get their digital upgrades in 2019.

“We’re at the beginning of a digital transformation in health, and we are making sure Western Sydney is ready for the future, for our staff and our patients,” Associate Professor Naren Gunja said.

More information for staff about the digital upgrades at Auburn Hospital, and what will happen during the eFluids Go Live: click here

More information for staff about the digital upgrades happening across WSLHD in the next 12 months: click here.