January 6, 2016 2:21 pm
Updated: January 6, 2016 2:28 pm

Software system will improve hospital wait times: Health Minister

A new software system is being tested at the Grace Hospital that health officials say will dramatically improve patient care and reduce wait times.

Global News/Randall Paull
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WINNIPEG — A new software system is being tested at the Grace Hospital that health officials say will dramatically improve patient care and reduce wait times.

The Oculys computer system will provide patient information to staff in real time, which will streamline the way patients move through hospitals, Manitoba Health Minister Sharon Blady.

“I think it will show some real results,” said Blady.

“The system will allow us to improve our performance on patient flow,” said chief nursing officer with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Lori Lamont.

The software will allow health officials to work more collaboratively to ensure patients can be assigned to hospital beds more quickly by having instant access to which beds are occupied, how long they’ll be occupied and which are ready for more patients, said Lamont.

The Oculys system is now in its final testing phase and is tentatively scheduled to be launched in early February.

It will be implemented at other hospitals after testing has been completed at Grace Hospital.

 

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