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Responsible Agency: Queensland Health
Proposal Stage of Development: Detailed Business Case Complete*
Planned Stage End Date: Not Applicable
Date of Publication: December 2016 (for period 4 June 2016 – 3 December 2016)

NEED

Paper-based medical records are limiting the quality and efficiency of patient care, increasing the risk of patient safety issues, and also results in costly duplication of records and pathology, imaging and medication services. Increased demand for services is being driven by an ageing population, increasing community expectations, and the growing burden of chronic conditions. Increasingly, healthcare models are shifting focus from episodic and provider‑centric service delivery to patient-centric and accountable health management.

PROPOSAL

The objective of the Integrated Electronic Medical Record Program is to support a networked model of healthcare and enable a patient-centric focus. The proposal examines the transition from a paper-based system to an integrated suite of digital health care services that improve efficiency and quality in clinical workflow processes including:

  • radiology and pathology ordering and results review
  • structured clinical notes
  • service based solutions such as maternity, surgery, emergency, and community health
  • scheduling and referrals management
  • medications management

The proposal’s scope aims to deliver the above functionality to 24 hospitals statewide by June 2020.

NEXT STEPS

Queensland Government Investment Consideration.

* Building Queensland assisted the Detailed Business Case.