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Queensland Health digital initiatives

A determined program of healthcare transformation is underway at Queensland Health.

Queensland Health's eHealth Investment Strategy outlines the plan for investing in the digital future – including the roll-out of an integrated electronic Medical Record (ieMR) solution or digital hospital system.

Integrated electronic Medical Record (ieMR)

The ieMR allows your doctors, nurses and healthcare team to document and access your medical information (such as who you are, reason for admission, medical history and any allergies) on computers instead of using paper files.

New digital bedside patient monitoring devices automatically upload your vital signs and observations, such as your blood pressure, temperature and heart rate, directly to your secure electronic medical record.

Positive patient identification

Printed patient identity wristbands with unique bar codes replace hand written wristbands to ensure accurate patient identification.

Our staff scan the bar code on your wristband with a handheld device to easily link your digital bedside vital signs and observations with your medical record.

Benefits include:

  • faster access for clinicians to accurate medical information
  • a reduction in errors and less variation in care processes
  • progressing treatments more efficiently so patients can get home sooner
  • staff able to spend more time providing patient care and less time chasing paper charts.

Integration with other Queensland Health systems

While there are other electronic Medical Record solutions available, the Queensland Health ieMR differs in that it offers integration with a number of clinical systems, including:

  • pathology (AUSLAB) and medical imaging systems to enable electronic order entry and viewing of test results
  • bio-medical devices to automatically capture data such as vital signs (pulse, blood pressure, temperature, etc.) and, where appropriate, to trigger clinical alerts
  • the pharmacy information system (i-Pharmacy) which will enable e-prescribing and electronic recording of medication administration
  • the state Patient Administration System (PAS - HBICS)  to coordinate administrative functions with the Clinical solution.

Rollout

The ieMR solution is currently available at varying levels of capability at six Queensland hospitals:

  • Princess Alexandra Hospital (Australia’s first large scale public digital hospital)
  • Cairns Hospital (Queensland’s first regional public digital hospital)
  • Mackay Base Hospital
  • The Townsville Hospital
  • Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital
  • Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital

In March 2017, the Princess Alexandra Hospital rolled out the Medications Management, Anaesthetics and Research Support (MARS) system release becoming the first hospital in Queensland with advanced ieMR capability.

Queensland Health is currently on track to deliver an ieMR with advanced capability to a total of 27 sites by June 2020.

  • Princess Alexandra Hospital
  • Logan Hospital
  • Beaudesert Hospital
  • Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital
  • QEII Hospital
  • Redland Hospital
  • Wynnum Community Health Centre
  • Townsville Hospital
  • Cairns Hospital
  • Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
  • Sunshine Coast University Hospital
  • Nambour General Hospital
  • Ipswich Hospital
  • Toowoomba Hospital
  • Gold Coast University Hospital
  • Robina Hospital
  • Bundaberg Hospital
  • Caboolture Hospital
  • Hervey Bay Hospital
  • Longreach Hospital
  • Mount Isa Hospital
  • Redcliffe Hospital
  • Rockhampton Hospital
  • Roma Hospital
  • The Prince Charles Hospital
  • Thursday Island Hospital
  • Toowoomba Hospital

Optimisation

To maximise the benefits of the ieMR solution for patient care an optimisation program – led by clinicians – identifies potential system changes and improvements.  These are then prioritised and implemented as appropriate to improve patient outcomes.

Optimisation initiatives underway include:

  1. SurgiNet (automates surgical workflows) Optimisation
  2. MARS Optimisation (Medical Anaesthetics and Research Support including Anaesthesia Record Sharing)
  3. Paediatric Optimisation (medications management)
  4. Perinatal Data Collection (PDC Report)
  5. Karisma Interface (Diagnostic Imaging)
  6. Care Delivery

Adjusting to the new system

By becoming a Digital Hospital, our hospital staff needed to learn and adjust to the new digital system and devices. We appreciate your patience as we transition to this new way of documenting your care.

Last updated: 1 November 2017