One year after taking the reins from her long-serving predecessor, Patrick Bini, the head of Princess Grace Hospital has been telling local French-language daily Monaco Matin about the major changes taking place at the 800-bed plus facility.

Benoîte de Sevelinges, a 37-year-old Monegasque, told the daily that one of the most important changes being introduced at the award-winning hospital is the system for recording patient information and its sharing between the various professionals involved in providing care, known as the e-CHPG project.

“We have completely changed our information system, from the medical, administrative, economic point of view… We will save a lot of time on tasks with low added value.” Medical secretaries spend a lot of time on the phone talking to each other about patient information, scheduling an operation with the surgeon, arranging recovery and aftercare and other matters, and this exchange of information will be possible with a few clicks on tablets or smartphones, Mme Sevelinges told the daily.

“The medical information of the patient will (all) be in the same place. It is a major advance… On mobility, the deployment of tablets and smartphones, we will be among the first in Europe,” she said. Meanwhile, the ongoing rebuilding of the hospital will be delayed, with delivery of the first new block now scheduled for 2016.