New IT platform will show region-wide patient flow
March 1, 2023
WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Health Region is investing in a new information technology platform, called SHREWD, that will provide system leaders at city hospitals, health centres, community, and long-term care with real-time data that can be used to improve care coordination and patient flow.
The SHREWD platform, one of a number of ongoing initiatives launched by the health system, will enable leaders from Shared Health and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) to leverage data from a wide variety of information systems to provide visibility of various health system pressures.
The platform includes a built-in notification system which will then be used by managers and leaders to support operational decisions in real time to address patient flow, staffing challenges and emergency and urgent care wait times.
The upgraded technology, which represents an investment of about $125,000, is expected to be in place at Winnipeg hospitals this spring, as well as Riverview Health Centre, Misericordia Health Centre and Deer Lodge.
“We continue to bring forward and invest in new initiatives that we believe will address long-standing patient flow challenges,” said Mike Nader (pictured), CEO of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. “Upgrading the technology we use to identify system pressures as they are occurring will allow managers and system leaders to make decisions more quickly, which will optimize patient flow and address staffing and patient needs more effectively.”
Other recent initiatives launched in recent months to curb patient flow issues include scheduling additional physician shifts at city hospitals and offering paid training for entry level applicants to become uncertified home care attendants, the latter of which will strengthen community supports and speed up the discharge process for inpatients.
These initiatives have been supplemented in recent months with the launch of the Health Human Resources Action Plan, which aims to address staffing challenges by focusing on staff retention, recruitment and training.
“Clinical leadership continues to meet with staff and physician working groups to discuss both their concerns and suggestions. These discussions have led to the implementation of a number of initiatives that have improved patient flow,” said Jennifer Cumpsty, HSC Winnipeg’s executive director of acute health services. “We thank our physicians and staff for these frank conversations and for their continued efforts to provide care to patients in as timely a manner as possible.”