Kestral eNews Q1 2014

For Kestral, not every project we undertake is about servicing the needs of our customers or even about expanding our business. From time to time, the work we do is defined more by its benefit to the wider community. Nowhere has this been more evident than a recent Karisma installation in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

One of the major healthcare institutions in Honiara is the National Referral Hospital (NRH) where Karisma is now live. This is a first for Kestral in a Melanesian country and Karisma is, in fact, the first RIS running in any Melanesian pacific nation. This leap forward will have a wide impact on patient care in the region and at the hospital.

On go live day at NRH, 94 patients were processed – a typical Monday for any site. The staff at NRH were on hand and all pitched in to deal with the volume. Project Leader Dominic from our Kestral Support team explains he was impressed with the culture of the site, which had been manual just a few days earlier, and the way the staff took the changes in their stride.

In the local newspaper, the Solomon Star News, NRH Director of Medical Imaging, Dr Aaron Oritaimae said “…the new system [Karisma] will help boost hospital service and reduce waiting time for patients”. He added it would “…also allow storage of reliable data of patients”.

Kestral is delighted to provide the NRH with Karisma, which has the potential to drive so much change in many different ways. We believe this is a great success story for both the hospital and Kestral and will make a valuable difference to clinical practice and the management of patients at NRH.

You can read the full story about the NRH Honiara project on our Community page.

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Kestral Pathology News

The first quarter of 2014 has been an especially eventful time for our pathology friends; with new and exciting developments in PLS and opportunities for extended functionality, provided by a suite of products from our recently acquired company LRS Health.

We’ve been busy at Melbourne Health Pathology developing their Omnilab track system interface and making significant enhancements that have brought smiles to the staff in CSR and data entry.

Following the acquisition of LRS Health, our new combined Kestral and LRS Health team has been working hard on interoperability between Kestral’s PLS and LRS Health’s MediPATH (LIS) and MediBILL (Billing System).

2014 seems to be shaping up as the year of Order Entry PLS with projects underway at The Canberra Hospital (PLS) and the Mater Group of Hospitals in Brisbane (PLS and Karisma).

We are pleased to announce that all of these stories and more will be covered in detail in our Pathology Special Edition newsletter coming to you soon.

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Kestral Forge

When we set out to improve on Karisma for version 4, we knew we wanted to leverage the possibilities of Windows® 8 and its intuitive, touch screen friendly UI. Software for medical systems is notoriously difficult and complicated. To create the next version of Karisma, we needed strong frameworks to support the domain modules.

To create this strength, we developed an entirely new framework. We looked at the inherent durability of the framework and saw a tool to bring other, equally strong solutions together. Like several pieces of steel welded together, a network of strength could be made stable and effective. It is from this we took the name, Forge.

The Forge database platform is Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Enterprise. The application server offers multi-user services, such as storage and list management. The application client is responsible for controlling user workflow and automated tasks. This allows unreliable components including printing, faxing, emailing, and HL7 integration to be separate.

With this new framework in place, it became much simpler to develop world-class solutions. To test Forge’s mettle, we developed something unrelated to Healthcare – our own internal CRM / Event tracking and HR system we call HQ. The development of the HQ solution was completed and it was being used with great success internally within six months..

Karisma 4 is built on this same Forge platform. Forge represents an evolution in approach to developing health information systems. A Forge system creates a stream of rich workflow events. These events include interactions with other software applications and hardware devices and are not limited to database changes.

Most importantly for Karisma v4, this means every single bit of the system is audited, right down to the smallest settings for report delivery. Whatever is entered, deleted, modified, changed, moved, corrected, re-entered, verified, amended, authorised or altered, Karisma v4 automatically tracks and stores the changes, providing a permanent and retrievable audit trail. So you can access and view everything again, any time; forever.

Thanks to Forge, Karisma v4 is the most intuitive, durable and feature-rich version of Karisma to date. More information on upgrading to v4 will be available soon.

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