​A new mobile app geared towards improving the quality of clinical data has been launched across NSLHD.

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​​Medisearch, which has been limited to desktop PCs until now, is available on iPhone and Android and has been praised by Doctors from both Royal North Shore and Ryde hospitals.

One of those is Dr Campbell Flynn, who said it was the newfound convenience of the app that had won him over.

“Having it on the desktop is great, but as a doctor, we spend a lot of time on our feet and are reasonably time poor so we don’t always have time to log what we need to,” he said.

“What we do have close normally is our mobile, so if we can’t remember what we need to log into eMR2, we can just reach into our pocket and find out.”

The app has content split into 25 major diagnostic categories and each category contains critical handover components (for progress notes and discharge referrals) and detailed lists of common diagnoses, co-morbidities, complications and examples. 

There is also advice on how to document pathology and imaging.Clinical documentation specialist Nina Rao said logging the appropriate documentation was essential for a variety of reasons.

“Clear documentation must be emphasised as a part of good clinical practice,” she said.

“Of course it is crucial for medico-legal and research purposes, but in the end, the Ministry rewards us for exemplary management of complex patient needs.”

Dr Flynn agreed and hoped to see the app on a lot more phones in the office.

“The accuracy of this data is important for a lot of reasons, research is a big one, but also it is used to calculate a lot of funding and I’m sure that’s something that all doctors can get behind,” he said.

“Overall the app is easy to use and plays an important role in the district so I hope to see my colleagues downloading it to their phone and using it where they can.”

To download the app, search for it in the App Store for iPhone or Play Store for Android.​