Easier reporting

Southern District Health Board staff reporting concerns about patient safety should find it easier once a new electronic risk management system is introduced this month.

Board quality director Tina Gilbertson said while Dunedin Hospital had an electronic reporting system for recording incidents, Southland was still using pen and paper.

Both would be replaced by the new system.

While it was a ''huge learning curve'' introducing a new system, she was enthusiastic about the contribution it could make towards ongoing improvements in patient care.

The new system, Safety 1st, will make it easier for people to contribute to investigations.

Tracking progress of investigations and sharing what was learned would be simpler.

Patient comments could also be shared on the system, which should be introduced at all five South Island DHBs by the end of the year.

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