QE II implements new tool for wait
HALIFAX, N.S. – To improve its management of surgical
waiting lists, the
Capital District Health Authority of Nova Scotia will implement Axcess.Rx, from AdapCS Canada Corp., of Kingston, Ont. The software
system will be installed in 66 surgical practices in the Queen Elizabeth
II Health Sciences Centre, the largest health sciences centre east of
The unique software tool assists physicians in the preparation,
prioritization and booking of patients, while enabling administrative
staff to streamline patient management processes and allocate time and
resources more efficiently. Axcess Rx also enables hospitals to meet
government requirements for tracking and reporting of waiting times.
was conceived and developed by Dr. John Marshall
(pictured at left), a long-time neurosurgeon and past chief of
staff at Kingston General Hospital. The technology forms the basis of
AdapCS Canada Corp., of Kingston, Ont., which markets Axcess.Rx and
other software solutions and consulting services to the healthcare
sector. Axcess.Rx was developed and piloted at Kingston General Hospital
and has been successfully used at Kingston General and Hotel Dieu
hospitals in Kingston for more than three years.
“This technology gives us the opportunity to be national leaders in
waiting list management,” said Dr. Michael Dunbar, assistant professor
of surgery at Dalhousie University. “We see Axcess.Rx as a powerful
solution for managing patient waiting times and hospital resources.”
“This sale represents a significant percentage of the province’s
surgical volume,” said Dr. Marshall, president and CEO of AdapCS Canada
(pictured at left). “Halifax has been a ground-breaker in understanding
the challenges of waiting lists, and I am delighted that our technology
will play an integral role in meeting those challenges.”
The new software tool will be used by up to 300 people in the healthcare
centre, with full implementation expected to be completed by early July.
Axcess Rx allows users to accomplish the following:
• Create a means by which hospitals can understand the demand for their
services and resources in real time.
• Ensure that data on patients waiting for services is gathered in a
standardized manner and contains required data elements.
• Ensure a standardized means by which the relative urgency of all
patients waiting for services can be identified.
• Improve physician and other provider’s efficiency by creating systems
to streamline patient preparation and selection.
• Provide a means by which individual patients or groups of patients can
be given accurate predictions of when they might receive a service.
• Prevent service cancellations by ensuring full patient preparation and
appropriate alignment of resources.
• Improve operating room throughput by better patient preparation and
• Improve supply chain management on the basis of real time data on
• Inform and improve staffing and resource planning on the basis of past
and present ability to meet demand for service.
• Facilitate efficient and automated reporting to Provincial Registries
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