Brisbane-based Microsoft partner Simient is involved in a project to collect the hearing data for newborn babies across Queensland using Microsoft Dynamics.
Dubbed QChild, the system has delivered “unprecedented levels of business intelligence” for client Queensland Health, according to a blog post by Microsoft. Funding for the system arrived in 2012 and the system is now being extended to cover more children.
QChild is capable of collecting and centralising all hearing screening data from newborns, according to the blog post. Secure access is provided for all users in every hospital that births babies in the Queensland Health system.
The goal is to provide free hearing screening to all infants born in Queensland and track children with hearing difficulties throughout childhood.
Staff can review patient timelines from birth to referral to appointment, and set up a dashboard alerting them to when someone slips outside of a benchmark, Queensland Health senior project officer Gavin Bott said in the blog post.
“We are seeing things that we could never have seen before, and we’re looking at quality in an entirely new way, because there simply was no possibility of us knowing the things we know now,” Bott said.
“You can almost trace a train of thought when somebody has made an error by looking through the audit actions and time stamps.”
Simient was established in 2004 and lists offices in Brisbane, Sydney and Darwin.