<p class=”Pa6″>More than 4,000 electronic patient records have been generated to date, according to the NAS. The EPCR will be introduced in Kerry and the south east region shortly, it is understood.
<p class=”Pa6″>The EPCR enables all patient information to be captured electronically in a standardised manner via a tablet computer.
<p class=”Pa6″>It is being rolled-out nationally to enable clinical audit practices in keeping with HIQA requirements and moves away from paper-based reporting.
<p class=”Pa6″>Implementation of the EPCR was originally due to be completed by the end of last year, but is still ongoing. Trials of the EPCR first commenced within the NAS in 2005.
<p class=”Pa6″>The new service ensures that “no information is ever lost — it is stored securely and in line with data protection and data governance arrangements”, the NAS said.
<p class=”Pa6″>“Data is sent to the receiving location (hospital) within seconds of entry (signal-dependant) and whilst the patient is in transit.”
<p class=”Pa6″>The EPCR will give the NAS the ability to analyse clinical performance and will provide information on patient demographics, presentations and outcomes.
Mallow Ambulance Station in Cork was the first station to have the EPCR, with other stations in the area following suit. The EPCR is to undergo a phased roll-out nationally over approximately 12-to-18 months.