New patient health system for our territory hospitals

The territory’s Labor government ensures hospitals in the territory have the best IT systems available to care for patients.

The government has successfully rolled out the first stage of its $259 million “Acacia” patient health record system, which is the largest such project ever undertaken in the Northern Territories.

Acacia is digital clinical care software based on InterSystems’ TrakCare® that is now in use at Katherine Hospital.

Katherine Hospital is a major step toward a full implementation of the investment in healthcare that replaces six legacy clinical systems and integrates a dozen more into a single digital ecosystem.

This project generates over 100 jobs during its implementation, with InterSystems also supporting computer science internships at Charles Darwin University throughout the project cycle.

Having a territory-wide electronic patient record system allows for seamless and consistent care, including for transient and often vulnerable Territory residents living in remote communities.

Our hard-working doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals are able to access patient allergy, alert and medication information, allowing treatment decisions to be made faster and with less risk.

Introduced first at Katherine Hospital and within budget, the system is being rolled out in phases to minimize the impact on frontline healthcare workers in the Northern Territories and to protect patient safety.

Quotes from Chief Minister and Minister of Health Natasha Fyles:

“The Territory’s Labor Government is ensuring that our healthcare system is fresh, modern and sustainable; which means we can provide the best patient care possible.

“We thank our nurses and doctors. This new system will allow a nurse in a remote clinic or a doctor in the intensive care unit of a large hospital to use Acacia which provides access to the same patient record in real time, allowing instant access to details of previous care. provided in other clinical settings.

“Having a territory-wide electronic patient record system will allow NT Health to better support our transient and most vulnerable Territorians.”

Quotes from Minister of Business Development and Digital, Ngaree Ah Kit:

“Territory Labor provides the best services available to all Territorians, wherever they live, and ensures that our frontline workers have access to cutting-edge technology.

“The successful transition to Acacia at Katherine Hospital is a testament to the skill, commitment, collaboration and hard work of NT Health clinicians and the Department of Business and Digital Development project team to develop and deliver a system that will benefit all Territorians.

“This is the largest project of its kind ever undertaken in the NT, with over 20 years of patient data from multiple systems and healthcare facilities migrated to Acacia.”

Quotes from InterSystems Country Manager, Australia and New Zealand, Darren Jones:

“InterSystems is proud to support this first-of-its-kind initiative to fully digitize the Northern Territory’s public health system.

“Despite the impacts of the COVID pandemic, we are now seeing the results of everyone’s hard work and our long-term collaboration with NT Health and the Department of Business and Digital Development.”

Northern Territory Government

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