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Resident doctors’ guide to be piloted at Wellington Hospital

Press Release – eHealthNews.nz
Capital and Coast DHB is piloting the Resident Guide app for onboarding junior doctors. The six-month pilot begins in mid-August and involves all Resident Medical Officers at Wellington Hospital.

Junior doctors are rotated around hospitals four times a year and need to quickly upskill on the way things are done at each new location, such as how to book tests and consults with other specialties.

The cloud-based Resident Guide app provides access to a combination of local operational and clinical guidelines.

3DHBs chief clinical information officer Steve Earnshaw says the aim of introducing Resident Guide is to make access to essential information easier for RMOs to find and engage with.

Earnshaw says local information is already being loaded into the app and the August start date will provide time to fine tune and make improvements before the transition period in November when a new group of RMOs arrive.

“Change-over is always a difficult time and this will help the new RMOs by providing them with everything they need to know on an app on their phone,” he says.

MedApps co-chief executive Tom Collins says the regular movement of junior doctors is like starting a new job every few months.

“The information is all site specific, so they have to start from scratch every time,” says Collins. “Resident Guide means that when you rotate you are not making mistakes and it’s a confidence builder for junior doctors who are trying to do the best for themselves and their patients.”

The platform is already live at 28 facilities in Queensland, where it is also being used by nursing staff.

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2 comments:

  1. Douglas C, 19. July 2019, 5:46

    Rotation is disruptive and unsettling practice for junior Drs and it should not be happening. If the junior Drs are going to be forced into rotation every few months (which is a bad idea) they need to be mentored and supported by the management, senior Drs and nurses.
    A phone app does not eliminate mistakes or provide confidence, it makes the junior dr look to his phone for answers instead of himself/seniors. It means Drs will not bother reading and signing off on physical policies and orientation material already available. How much did this app cost I wonder.

     
  2. Mary M, 19. July 2019, 14:24

    Best thing to do would be to scrap rotation it serves no purpose except to unsettle and overload new Drs. Another thing management should be doing if it cares so much about increasing Drs’ time spent with patients is reducing the amount of paperwork Drs have to do.