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23-1-2010 | Beaumont Hospital launch Epilepsy Electronic Patient Record

26 January 2010
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A new computerised system to manage over 1,000 people with epilepsy attending Beaumont Hospital has been launched.

The Electronic Patient Record (EPR) was officially launched by Minister for Health & Children, Mary Harney TD on January 21st at a seminar at Beaumont that was also addresses by senior figures from the HSE, the Health Research Board and Beaumont hospital itself.

The EPR is a specifically-designed computerised record which will improve epilepsy management by enabling better communications between the various healthcare professionals involved. It has many advantages over the traditional paper-based system of recording patient information and may also have important applications in other non-epilepsy-related disease areas.

Members of the Beaumont Epilepsy Programme demonstrated at the event how the new EPR:

  • Promotes proactive care
  • Enriches communication
  • Supports multidisciplinary care
  • Augments clinical training
  • Prompts integrated service provision
  • Enhances clinical research
  • Improves productivity
  • Reduces potential for error
  • Facilitates service monitoring and evaluation

It is hoped that the system will eventually be extended to manage the care of epilepsy patients in other hospitals around the country.

The project was funded by the Health Research Board and developed by the hospital's epilepsy team and information technology department and supported by Trinity College Dublin. Brainwave has also played a supportinng role in this work at Beaumont since it began five years ago.

The new technology was featured on the RTE Six-One news on January 21st. To view Feargal Bowers' report on the EPR, see http://www.rte.ie/news/2010/0121/epilepsy_av.html

You can visit the Beaumont Epilepsy Programme website at: http://www.epilepsyprogramme.ie/

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