Private hospital signs €750k deal for advanced IT system

THE operators of a €90 million private hospital due to open in Cork this summer have signed a €746,000 ($1 million) deal for the installation of an advanced IT system.

The system in Sheehan Medical’s new Cork Medical Centre in Mahon will allow the hospital’s consultants to access patient information anywhere in the hospital.

But it will also be accessible by external medical practitioners, such as GPs or physiotherapists, caring for the patient after their discharge from hospital.

Sheehan Medical awarded the contract to MEDITECH, the provider of healthcare software.

Its paperless Health Care Information System (HCIS) fully integrates a hospital’s clinical and financial systems.

It is the most integrated hospital information system available and is in operation in 2,200 medical facilities across the world.

MEDITECH’s system was adopted by Sheehan Medical for its Galway Clinic in 2004. It is also in use at the Hermitage and Beacon clinics, and in the Mount Carmel Group hospitals.

It has now been licensed to meet the specific needs of the Cork Medical Centre.

The centre’s chief operating officer Philip Sheehan said his firm prides itself in having first-class technology in all its hospitals.

“We aim to make the Cork Medical Centre the most hi-tech facility ever developed in Ireland,” he said.

The hospital will provide 75 single inpatient bedrooms, fully sealed with the latest in infection control.

The main focus of the hospital will be surgery; there will be four operating theatres and a same-day surgery centre with 20 outpatient beds.

The facility will house an intensive care unit, radiology facilities with MRI, CT and X-ray scanners, a cardiology and neuroscience facility.

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