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Integrated electronic medical record (ieMR)

Replacing paper-based clinical charts, the integrated electronic Medical Record (ieMR) allows healthcare professionals to simultaneously access and update patient information. Vital signs are automatically uploaded to these records, triggering early warning alerts if a patient's condition deteriorates.

The ieMR delivers an integrated suite of digital health care services that improve safety, efficiency and quality in clinical workflow processes.

Also on this page: ieMR rollout and Staff resources.

Benefits of the ieMR

The ieMR has many benefits, including:

  • Real time patient information when and where it is needed
  • Safer, more reliable care
  • Less paperwork, more time with patients
  • Powerful clinical and management data
  • World class clinical care and research
  • Improved efficiency.

In June 2018, a PwC study of ieMR benefits showed:

  • $181.9 million financial and economic benefits have been achieved across patient quality and safety, operational service improvement and direct financial savings at the Princess Alexandra, Mackay Base, Cairns, Townsville and Queensland Children's Hospitals.
  • By 2021, under current funding, 27 Queensland hospitals/sites will have the ieMR, resulting in significant annual benefits including:
    • 1321 avoided hospital readmissions
    • 26,422 bed days saved
    • 5209 avoided clinical incidents (e.g. infections, venous thromboembolism, inpatient falls, pressure injuries and adverse drug events)
    • $4.2m in stationery savings
    • $10.5m reduction in diagnostic tests
    • $6.7m reduction in pathology tests
    • $10.4m reduction in drug costs.

ieMR rollout

Queensland Health is on track to deliver an ieMR with advanced capability to 27 sites by June 2021.

Current ieMR sites

Advanced sites

  • Princess Alexandra Hospital
  • Queensland Children's Hospital
  • Logan Hospital
  • Beaudesert Hospital
  • Redland Hospital
  • Mackay Hospital
  • Wynnum Manly Community Health Centre, Gundu Pa
  • QEII Jubilee Hospital
  • Ipswich Hospital
  • Sunshine Coast University Hospital
  • Gold Coast University Hospital
  • Robina Hospital
  • Nambour General Hospital
  • Townsville Hospital

Intermediate / Basic sites

  • Cairns Hospital
  • Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital

Future advanced ieMR sites

By 2021, another 13 hospitals/sites will have advanced ieMR capability:

  • Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital
  • The Prince Charles Hospital
  • Redcliffe Hospital
  • Caboolture Hospital
  • Roma Hospital
  • Rockhampton Hospital
  • Bundaberg Hospital
  • Hervey Bay Hospital
  • Longreach Hospital
  • Mount Isa Hospital
  • Cairns Hospital
  • Thursday Island Hospital
  • Toowoomba Hospital

Last updated: 26 July 2019