Project iRAD

What is Project iRAD?

Project iRAD— which stands for ‘integrated real-time active data’ — is a strategic project run by SWSPHN, to share critical patient data between hospitals and GPs.  Project iRAD will deliver an interoperability system that connects various health providers -  enabling high-quality patient outcomes by providing secure, timely and accurate sharing of patient information between health providers.

It provides a single, clear view of a patient’s key clinical information – real-time, from trusted health providers, enabling better patient care.

What is interoperability?

Interoperability is the ability of computer systems or software to exchange and make use of information.

What are the benefits of the Interoperability system?

  • Improve potentially preventable hospital admissions through ED
  • A low-risk solution –adding value to GP’s with nominal effort or manpower required – does not change current ways of working
  • Supports a collaborative approach to health outcomes – enhances patient outcomes and reduces clinical error
  • Tangible reductions in waste and duplication of effort 
  • Improves the quality and safety of care
  • Provides a more efficient means of communication between all sectors of the health system that are not readily exchanging information currently.

What's in it for GPs and ED specialists?

  • Equips providers with critical information—reduces unnecessary and unwanted volumes of disparate information
  • Improves coordination, transitions, quality and outcomes
  • Access to data improves the coordination of patient care between clinicians- promoting accountability and eliminating dangerous gaps during transitions
  • Higher quality of care, better patient outcomes, and increased practice efficiency - less time spent on the phone chasing results
  • For GPs it's simple and easy to use – click on a button for a pop up window on top of your existing patient record. Provides additional, meaningful data about that patient from other health providers and data systems
  • Productivity savings – reduces the time spent in administrative functions and follow-up activities

Patient benefits

  • Minimises and/or reduces the duplication of tests
  • Reduces the need to repeat information or convey incomplete information to multiple Clinicians
  • Better chance to get the right care in quicker time