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Download the epilepsy research information leaflet and poster

Text from the epilepsy research information leaflet and poster.

Electronic patient record improves patient care

Leaflet text.

A new electronic patient record (EPR) developed at Beaumont Hospital is improving the care of patients with epilepsy. Compared to traditional paper-based records, the EPR means fewer delays for patients in receiving the clinical services they need, and it also helps to monitor, improve and streamline how the epilepsy service is provided.

'The switch to electronic hasn't just been about transferring the paper records into a computer system,' explains Mary Fitzsimons, Principal Physicist at Beaumont?s Epilepsy Programme.

She led a five-year study to design the record based on patients' needs as they move through their healthcare journey. Part of the project assessed how the database of information - which now covers more than 1,700 patients in Beaumont and is to be rolled out nationally - can be used securely and with no breach of patient confidentiality.

'Having the data at their fingertips will now allow researchers to carry out broader studies on epilepsy management in a way they never could before,' she adds.

'We need to have the information to be able to measure the performance of our services, and going electronic is the way to do that.'

Electronic patient record improves patient care

Poster text.

  • An Electronic Patient Record developed at Beaumont Hospital allows multiple authorised clinicians at different locations access to patient information at the same time, which enhances communication.
  • The Electronic Patient Record has been designed and assessed to meet patient needs.
  • Approved health services staff can have faster access to patient clinical details to help manage and control seizures.
  • More than 1,700 patients already have Electronic Patient Records at Beaumont Hospital, and the approach is to be rolled out to support a national network of epilepsy care being implemented by the Health Service Executive.
  • The secure database allows researchers to carry out wider epilepsy studies with patient consent.

'We need to have the information to be able to measure the performance of our services, and going electronic is the way to do that.' Mary Fitzsimons - Principal Physicist at Beaumont's Epilepsy Programme

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