Patients Potentially At Risk In New SA Health IT Debacle

May 16, 2018

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30 additional staff have been hired to work through a backlog of blood test results after an SA Health IT system issue reportedly contributed to the blow out of waiting times.

“Since the introduction of EPLIS we have seen the wait times for some laboratory test results increase for hospitals and GPs,” SA Health’s Don Frater has told The Advertiser.

“We know timely test results are essential in providing prompt and appropriate care for patients, and these delays have the potential to impact the level of care being provided.

“We have established a taskforce, headed by Dr Tom Stubbs, to look at the reasons for the delays, to determine the impact on patient outcomes, and to recommend any additional action needed to ensure test turnaround times return to normal.

“Following feedback from clinicians, the taskforce will also review the reporting format for the test results and if any errors have occurred as a result.

“In the interim, all urgent tests are being prioritised and an action plan has been developed by SA Pathology to improve the timeliness of pathology test results for doctors.”

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