Digitising public hospitals
(Report 10: 2018–19)
In a digital hospital, processes are streamlined to create a ‘paper light’ approach, integrating electronic medical records (ieMR) with clinic devices, workflows, and processes. An electronic medical record is one of many applications that contribute to a digital hospital. The government has set a target for twenty-seven hospitals to fully implement the ieMR solution by June 2020.
Electronic medical records provide timely, accessible and legible information about patients at the point of care. It also provides the foundation for future transformations in health care delivery, like the ability to gain greater insights and decision support from the system’s data to improve the quality of patient care and operational efficiencies.
Department of Health and the hospital and health services
- use this information to update the Cabinet Budget Review Committee on the actual program cost to date. The information should form the basis for a more reliable estimate of what it will cost to complete the program and of the longer-term costs of maintaining the ieMR solution
- in consultation with HHSs, consider whether the level of investment by HHSs to implement the ieMR solution is appropriate.
Department of Health
- updated timing for the realisation of benefits
- a balanced assessment of benefits realised (and dis-benefits) across hospitals from all hospital and health services that have implemented the ieMR (Chapter 3)
- investigating options for demonstrating value-for-money pricing, including conducting comparative vendor price analysis where possible
- assessing and documenting the ieMR vendor’s performance across its service contracts, with input from hospital and health services.
- re-visiting the focus and roles of the eHealth Executive Committee, eHealth Queensland, and other areas of the department such as the Clinical Excellence Division
- continuing to obtain an independent review of program benefits periodically. (Chapters 2 and 3).
- specific actions, performance measures, and data sources to enable the department to assess how effectively the department engages hospital staff and clinicians
- gathering information about concerns, risks, or dis-benefits that may inform the program about changes or modifications that need to be made to the program.