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“One Record” leads to better transitions in care for long term care patients while in hospital

Acute care hospital staff have access to the full patient chart of patients arriving from additional long term care (LTC) facilities in the South Island. This is increasingly possible as electronic clinical documentation rolls out through our LTC facilities in the South Island.

“It’s important that emergency department medical staff and clinicians realize that the complete electronic patient chart is now available” says Dr. Ian Bekker, LTC Physician Informaticist Lead. “I know it has come on so slow its easy to miss. But, now some of the charts have accurate complete Problem List, Medication List, MAR, Vitals, Labs, MOST, ACP forms and detailed narrative nursing notes and physician progress notes for the last few years.”

“This will eliminate hunting though consult notes or calling family to figure out the background to the patient,” says Dr. Bekker. “Of course I’m talking about LTC patients from select facilities, but it applies to Primary Care patients at Urgent and Primary Care Clinics and some Nurse Practitioner clinics, as well. It’s worth checking charts belonging to these patients for their completeness.”

Since 2021, a complete electronic chart has been available for patients arriving from The Summit at Quadra Village in Victoria. In Spring 2022, the LTC units at Gorge Road Health Centre went live with full electronic chart as well. On November 27 this year, The Priory added clinical documentation, with Glengarry and Aberdeen LTC facilities to follow in March 2024.

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