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Australia’s first paperless hospital under construction

Work has begun on the nation’s first ‘paperless’ hospital, which will use digital technology to give clinicians access to electronic records, x-ray results and pathology readings from virtually anywhere and anytime.  Under the plans St Stephen’s Hospital, a 96-bed private facility, will open its doors in Hervey Bay in two years’ time as the first centre of its kind in Australia to take advantage of the latest e-health technology.

15 Jul 2012

Work has begun on the nation’s first ‘paperless’ hospital, which will use digital technology to give clinicians access to electronic records, x-ray results and pathology readings from virtually anywhere and anytime. 

Under the plans St Stephen’s Hospital, a 96-bed private facility, will open its doors in Hervey Bay in two years’ time as the first centre of its kind in Australia to take advantage of the latest e-health technology.

The project, which is supported by a $47 million contribution from the Health and Hospitals Fund, will enable clinicians to get the latest information on their patients, including the results of any diagnostic and pathology tests, just by using their tablets, mobile phones, laptops or mobile computers on wheels.

The hospital’s nurse call and telephone systems, as well as equipment such as blood pressure machines and infusions pumps, will be fully integrated into the system, increasing efficiency and giving practitioners scope to spend more time with their patients.

Mark Bulter, who was acting Health Minister at the time of the project’s announcement, said the facility would deliver the residents of Hervey Bay and surrounding areas access to world class patient care with assistance from the latest in e-health technology.

“St Stephen’s is an important local project that will deliver the benefits of the Federal Government’s Health Reform agenda and commitment to e-health initiatives,” Mr Butler said.

General Manager of St Stephen’s Hospital, Leanne Tones, said the project was a unique opportunity to provide a flagship hospital not only for Hervey Bay, but for Australia.

“To be the first to build a fully integrated digital hospital in the nation is a privilege and an enormous responsibility,” Ms Tones said.

“We are putting together a prestigious e-health project team, sourced from the best available in Australia and complemented by leaders in the field from the US.”

KW


Published: 15 Jul 2012