Cancer care streamlined

By Tara Whitsed

The treatment of cancer patients has been streamlined into a one-stop software at Goulburn Valley Health’s Peter Copulos Cancer & Wellness Centre.

GV Health is the first Australian public hospital to utilise EpiSoft, which streamlines patient care from booking appointments right through to monitoring how much medication is required.

Peter Copulos Cancer and Wellness Centre nurse unit manager Linley Smith said since the program was launched in April this year and had made a huge difference to the organisation of patient care.

“It’s much easier and it’s much safer,” Ms Smith said.

Previously the oncology department used manual booking systems, which meant there was a risk of human error occurring.

EpiSoft allows cancer patients receiving treatment from other departments and campuses of GV Health to view patient notes and cater their care accordingly.

Ms Smith said the service was helpful in a rural location due to the fact there was visiting doctors and also patients who travelled to outlying campuses for treatment and the program allowed health care professionals view patients’ notes remotely.

GV Health medical oncologist Arvind Sahu said he was in charge of the implementation of EpiSoft and reiterated the program had made a huge difference.

“It takes into account all the aspects of patient management right from booking appointments to administering drugs,” Dr Sahu said.

“It’s really good software.”

Dr Sahu said EpiSoft had helped to improve the team’s efficiency which had, in turn, improved their workflow.

He said the program was also an important tool to showcase the work the oncology department has been doing into the future.

Co-founder and chief executive officer of EpiSoft Jenny O’Neill said they were delighted to have been selected by GV Health.