Latest Safety Innovation Wins 2012 SA iAward for e-Health

Australian healthcare innovator Edgebox (now Metrixcare) has won the 2012 South Australian iAward for e-Health for an innovative medication decision support system that assists in reducing serious preventable harm to patients.

Executive Director Mr Steve Govis says that Warfarin and other anticoagulation medications, which are commonly used to thin the blood, have many risks.

address a major area of preventable patient harm that is estimated to cost up to A$85 million dollars annually in Australia.

"Anticoagulation drugs are used across acute and community care settings but they can be complex to monitor and manage with significant potential to cause serious harm and even death", Mr Govis says. "Adverse effects from anticoagulant medications represented 10.7% of all adverse drug events in a major Quality in Australian Healthcare Study. Of these 32% resulted in permanent disability and 40% of cases were considered highly preventable."

Accessible via an iPhone or mobile device, the National Anticoagulation Decision Support System is the latest innovation, forming an important module in its cloud-based patient safety and performance improvement platform.

By giving clinicians the information they need to make safe and effective prescribing decisions, it helps to address a major area of preventable patient harm that is estimated to cost up to A$85 million dollars annually in Australia.

"Our platform takes healthcare teams on a learning journey from discovery, through to understanding, improvement and prevention. We are seeing strong demand for systems that don't just count healthcare errors but enable real and sustained improvement." Mr Govis explains. "We are delighted to be recognised again this year for our achievements in patient safety."

To enhance insights, the system links with the Metrixcare National Performance Indicator System which is used by over 120 facilities across Australia and won a national innovation award last year. The system provides visual performance perspectives to individual facilities, hospital groups and healthcare improvement groups for shared learning and improvement.

We now go on to compete in the national e-health iAwards to be announced in August 2012.

Mr Steve Govis is available for media comments on 0417-872-635 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For information on the iAwards see www.iawards.com.au

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