IMS Maxims has rolled out its nursing module at Leopardstown Park Hospital in Dublin.

The system allows staff to record every interaction with its 200 patients, starting with details of the initial screening and assessments made on admission.

It holds each person’s care plan and shows any actions that have been taken or need to be taken to meet their requirements.

The care plan of every patient can be monitored and reviewed to make sure they are appropriate and are being followed.

A report building function also allows data to be extracted and analysed for statutory reports and research.

John Maher, ICT manager at the hospital, said: “The screens are very clean and intuitive, everything is compact, clear and concise – the staff love it, they have taken to it like ducks to water.

“It’s light years ahead of our old system and it’s a real pleasure to work with. In fact we like it so much we are now considering using other IMS Maxims solutions.”

The hospital worked with IMS Maxims to develop the system and enhance the product to include a traffic light system that shows when the three-month review of a patient’s care plan, required under Irish law, is due.

Gerard McEntee, assistant director of nursing, said: “A care plan has to be commenced for every patient within 24 hours and this system allows us to show that it has been done. It’s highly effective at ensuring that we comply with all the regulations.”

“Beyond that it shows the quality of care that is provided in each patient’s plan. We now have a very clear assessment of each person’s needs and abilities, what they can and can’t do, and what we have to do to meet that person’s needs.

“It’s all about checks and balances and making sure we do everything in a timely way.

"And if a patient is being moved elsewhere a printout can be provided so the next healthcare provider can see at a glance how they have been looked after and what needs they have.”

Link: IMS Maxims