011: VACIS- PCRs in the mobile environment

January 19, 2015


Used by all Ambulance Services in Eastern Australia, VACIS brings ePCRs into the prehospital environment. Ambulance Victoria's Solution Delivery Manager, Noelle McCabe, discusses the development of a mobile patient care record and reveals some of the difficulties along the way.


VACIS, the Victorian Ambulance Clinical Information System, is a patient care record computer application specifically designed for Australian ambulance services. Although originating in Victoria, it is used in every ambulance service in Australia’s eastern states, covering 80% the Australian population. VACIS provides:

  • An evidence base to clinical practice

  • Data to establish clinical procedure and guideline compliance levels of ambulance paramedics

  • Valid and consistent patient data, from call to discharge, for ambulance led clinical research.

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About my guest

Noelle McCabe is currently the Solution\ Delivery Manager for Ambulance Victoria and has been there throughout then life of VACIS. Since 2002, Noelle has been heavily involved with the collaboration that has been the backbone of VACIS development, from paramedic through to organisation and developers. 


Episode Shownotes:



  • AV          Ambulance Victoria (Link)

  • NEHTA   National e-Health Transitional Authority (Link)

  • VACIS    Victorian Ambulance Clinical Information System

Topics Discussed

  • VACIS   (Link)

  • Panasonic Toughbook (Link)

  • Symplicit (Link)


  • Ambulance Victoria. A new look for patient data software. A.V. Perspective. June 2012. pp 10-11. (Link)

  • Christian Winship, Brett Williams, Malcolm Boyle, Allan Morton. Out-of-hospital Cardiac Arrest Management by First Responders: A retrospective review of an Australian Fire Fighter First Responder Program. Paramedics Australasia Conference Abstracts - 2012. Australasian Journal of Prehospital Care: 2013;10(3) p. 27  (Link)


About the Podcast Host:

Craig, is a health and emergency service management specialist with more than 30 years experience in operational management, emergency planning, health service delivery and service redevelopment. More information can be found at www.cahooper.com 



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