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Cabrini Health
5 November 2018

Cabrini has a long history of serving those in need – particularly the poor and excluded. Francesca Cabrini (1850-1917) founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1880 in Italy.

By the time of her death she had established 67 institutions in the Americas, England and Europe providing healthcare, education, and other social services. She was canonised Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini in 1946, the first citizen of the USA to be made a saint.

The Australian Cabrini story began in Melbourne in 1948 when ten Cabrini Sisters arrived to take over St Benedict’s, a small hospital in Malvern. The sisters thought they were taking over a fully functioning hospital but much work was required to equip and re-open it.

The work of the sisters, and the laypeople who worked with them, laid the foundation for the 832-bed health service that Cabrini provides today. Cabrini has acute hospitals in Brighton, Malvern, and Prahran, a residential aged-care home in Ashwood, and two rehabilitation hospitals in Elsternwick.

Other divisions include Cabrini Technology, which provides information and healthcare technology services; the Cabrini Institute, which supports education and research to improve the quality of care and to educate tomorrow’s healthcare providers; and Cabrini Outreach, which focuses on delivery of services for disadvantaged communities.

John Papatheohari, Group Director IT and Digital Transformation, said that improving patient-centred care is a key consideration in prioritising initiatives.

“Digital health technologies offer solutions for health services that can empower the patient and improve their health outcomes, and also enhance the clinician/patient interaction.

“Integrating My Health Record with Cabrini clinical systems was an important step in digitising our health infrastructure and facilitating interoperability,” Mr Papatheohari said.

The deployment team configured My Health Record to launch from the patient administration system. Cabrini’s clinicians can now use the administration system to identify whether a patient has a My Health Record, and to access those records directly to enhance patient care. Once patient treatment is complete, patients with a My Health Record have their hospital discharge summaries uploaded, increasing the system’s clinical value.


Image supplied by Cabrini Health
Image supplied by Cabrini Health

Cameron Barnes, Cabrini’s Director of Health Information Services and Information Governance, said that the roll-out of My Health Record at Cabrini Health was an exciting development.

“The availability of clinical information across the care continuum for clinicians involved in our patients’ care supports safer, faster, and more efficient care. It is a great step forward compared with having to search for disparate, and often paper-based, health information.

“I look forward to seeing the evolution of My Health Record and particularly how Cabrini can contribute positively to the patient experience via this initiative,” Mr Barnes said.

Dr Michael Ben-Meir, Director of Cabrini’s Emergency Department, said that the overall experience of staff has been positive, with the system running smoothly.

“The ability to access the patient’s My Health Record provides us with potential lifesaving access to health information otherwise not readily known.

“Similarly, being able to contribute health information to My Health Record is a seamless, innovative method for Cabrini to support and it is improving the health and wellbeing of our patients,” Dr Ben-Meir said.

Feature image (top of page): Cabrini’s deployment team included back row: System Development Manager JP Annamalaisamy, Director of Health Information Services and Information Governance Cameron Barnes, Application Lead Ken Pearce; front row: Implementation Lead Paul Hampson, Integration Specialist Stuart Dainton, and IT Security Manager Chris Bigas.