No more missed test results: Hospital tracking system a success

The system at Mater Mothers' Hospital in Brisbane scored a life-saving 100% in a University of New South Wales (UNSW) assessment.

"It is an unprecedented result," said Associate Professor Andrew Georgiou from the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, which is based at the university.

No other similar systems around the world have achieved 100%, said Professor Georgiou, whose study is published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

"Hospitals are major logistical operations," he said. 

"They operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Patients can spend time in numerous departments and are seen by a variety of doctors as shifts start and end."

He said crucial information often goes missing or is missed, particularly if there is a combination of paper and electronic record-keeping that lacks the checks and balances in the Mater system.

The hospital implemented the Verdi system

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