Victorians will benefit from a new digital investment in Melbourne’s Biomedical Precinct with the announcement of $124 million for the new Connecting Care Electronic Medical Record (EMR) program.
The Minister for Health Jill Hennessy and Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings yesterday announced the Victorian Budget 2018/19 will include $124 million, allowing Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, The Royal Women’s Hospital and Melbourne Health to build a fully integrated EMR across the three health services.
Stage 1 will replace the Royal Melbourne Hospital’s Emergency Department system, and give precinct-wide access to test orders, results and discharge summaries.
This new funding will broaden the program to create one clinical and research EMR across all three health services that supports integrated care delivery, and provides specialist functionality for ICU, Operating Theatre, maternity and oncology. Clinicians from any of the three health services will be able to securely access real-time patient information from wherever they may be.
Patients in the three health services will experience safer, more streamlined healthcare – with fewer avoidable errors, duplications and delays. They will be able to access their own medical information from the one place, even if they’ve had multiple stays at different hospitals, and exchange information with their clinicians about their treatment and care.
Clinicians will be able to work more effectively across the precinct, and researchers will have access to better quality data that can be used in research and clinical trials to find better treatments and save lives.
Speaking on behalf of the three Parkville health services, Melbourne Health’s Chief Executive, Professor Christine Kilpatrick, said it was an opportunity to transform patient care and research in Parkville.
"The Connecting Care program is fundamental to improving the quality and safety of patient care,” Professor Kilpatrick said.
“EMRs have been introduced in hospitals around the world and are proven to reduce medication errors, clinical incidents, hospital acquired infections, length of stay and mortality rates."
"Parkville has a reputation as one of the top five biomedical precincts globally so we must keep pace with advances in digital health. This system will mean researchers across all three hospitals will be able to collaborate more efficiently, conduct more clinical trials with higher patient numbers, and larger researcher projects - ultimately saving more lives."