BRHS’ food services are getting an exciting tech upgrade this week, with the launch of a new computer software system that records, tracks and manages the meals that patients receive.
ChefMax is a food services management system specifically designed for the healthcare and aged care industries.
According to Food Services Exec Chef Cam Penwill, ChefMax will revolutionise how BRHS staff across a variety of departments manage and keep track of what a patient is eating and drinking.
“It will make it much simpler and more efficient way for kitchen staff to know what allergies or dietary restrictions a patient has, and to be able to change what meals they are offered when their diet changes,” Cam says.
ChefMax gathers all information about a patient’s dietary restrictions or allergies, after they are entered into the system by ward clerks during admission, or by nurses, dieticians and other health staff during the patient’s stay.
From that moment on, patients are only offered a selection of meals that match their required diet – ChefMax knows every ingredient in every meal the kitchen prepares, and excludes those containing something the patient is allergic to or not supposed to have.
Select Food Services staff known as menu monitors will use Microsoft Surface Pro tablets to take meal orders from patients, with each patient’s individual dietary needs seamlessly managed and recorded.
Not only does ChefMax keep track of what food a patient can and cannot eat, and what they have been served, it also contains inventory controls, telling the kitchen how much of a certain ingredient it is using, how much they have on hand and when they’ll need to order more.
“This is a huge leap for us,” Cam says. “Up until now we used a paper-based system, which was very time consuming and not as efficient as it could have been. Although, like anything new, it might take a moment for it to become second nature to everyone, we’re all really excited for how much more efficient and secure it’ll make the way we provide meals.”
It took a lot of hard work by a number of staff at BRHS to bring ChefMax online.
“There has been an enormous amount of work put into the program to this point,” said Speech Pathology Team Leader Cherie Kelly. “Food Services have entered every single ingredient they have in the kitchen, and every recipe, into the program, which was months and months of work. Dietetics and Speech Pathology have coded every item and recipe to say which diet codes they are suitable for.”
The relevant staff have been doing ChefMax training over the past couple of weeks, and after all this hard work, ChefMax is set to go live today.
ICT has created a handy ChefMax cheat sheet to help staff in these early days of the system, and you can find it on the Intranet.
(Commonly Used Applications > BRHS Wiki > Applications > ChefMax.)
If you have any questions about ChefMax, contact Cam Penwill at Cam.Penwill@brhs.com.au or ext.66418