The use of smart phones and tablets to deliver real-time pathology results to emergency department staff is to be trialled at Wagga Base Hospital.
The trial, organised by NSW Health and Murrumbidgee Local Health District, is looking at ways to help clinicians improve decision-making in a busy emergency department.
Due to start within two weeks, the trial will initially involved 10 clinicians, who will be notified of pathology results and risk indicators using devices like iPads, iPhones and Apple Watches and specialist software, emergency department director Stephen Wood said.
"There's a few different things we are trying to do," he said.
"One is try to recognise people who are sick or people who are in the wrong place within the department earlier.
"The other thing is that when we have X-rays or pathologies or when we have critical results that we can notify clinicians that those results are available, so that we can make earlier decisions.
"So hopefully, it should improve not only their care, but also the flow-through of the department.
Dr Woods said unlike other telehealth services that linked Wagga Base staff with specialists outside the hospital, this trial was aimed just at clinicians within the emergency department.
"This is based in the department. All this is doing is taking data from emergency department's computer system, filtering out the stuff the clinicians need to know from what they don't need to know," he said.
It's a little bit like filtering messages on your phone so that you only get messages from your 'favourites'. You only get messages from your favourites, you won't get messages from everyone else.
"Currently we are at the stage now of trying to figure out what we provide people with, so we don't provide them with information they don't need. What we need to do is filter out what's relevant to one clinician and that's going to be different for a consultant to a junior doctor to a nurse-in-charge.
"So at the moment, we're just trying to figure out what people should know and what sort of devices we should use, because people will prefer different ones."