iPads a technological boon for hospital

26 March 2014

Waiting times at the Emergency Department (ED) at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead are being dramatically reduced with the introduction of 15 new iPads.

The iPads, used by staff to record patient information, was implemented after a successful two month trial mid last year.

“Parents like that the information is recorded quickly and at the bedside, particularly in the observation area where many of the children are critically-ill,” said Leonnie Dawson, Nurse Manager at the Emergency Department of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

“The introduction of iPads within Emergency means nurses can review each patient while simultaneously doing the necessary documentation, before moving on the next patient. With each staff member having access to an iPad and real-time data, staff have more time to spend with patients to deliver the best possible care.”

“Staff are already learning the benefits of the iPads and it is expected that the program will have a huge impact over the next 18 months,” said Phoebe Cunningham, Corporate Partnerships Manager at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Regular supporters of community health projects, Canterbury League Club donated $10,000 to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead which went towards the initial purchase of the 15 iPads.

“Hospitals are always looking for ways to help reduce the amount of time patients spend waiting unnecessarily to see a doctor which is why a program like this is very valuable to the community,” said Dr George Peponis OAM, Chairman of the Canterbury League Club.