Queensland to build EMR for Cape York communities

The $35 million in funding allocated to Queensland Health for an unspecified eHealth project in last month's federal budget will go towards building an electronic medical record in Cape York, the Queensland government has confirmed.

The funding is part of the regional priority round of the Health and Hospitals Fund, announced in the May federal budget.

Queensland Health's chief information officer, Ray Brown, said the EMR will be delivered to 12 primary and community health facilities in the Cape York region.

“Already Queensland Health’s eHealth Program has piloted a point of care system in two Cape York facilities with funding received from the Closing the Gap initiative,” Mr Brown said.

“This pilot has provided valuable foundations that will enable the eHealth Program to roll out the electronic medical record throughout the Cape York region from 2013.”

He said the benefits would include improved patient registration, order entry, review of results from diagnostic testing, clinical notes, care planning, medication management, billing and reporting of service usage and population health profiling across the facilities.

“The funding will also be used to help reduce the fragmented nature of information systems currently in place and to improve links with partner organisations,” he said. “It will also enable Queensland Health to actively participate in the changing national primary and community health environment under National Health Reform.

“Sharing this infrastructure with our partners in the region will allow groups, such as local Aboriginal Medical Services, to schedule appointments and exchange clinical information between our different services.”

Posted in Australian eHealth

Comments   

# Matt Nielsen 2012-06-09 09:17
Who was the vendor of the piloted a point of care system? Is this going to tender or has a vendor already been picked? How does this play in with the QLD state wide EMR strategy and already selected vendor?
# Kate McDonald 2012-06-09 09:22
I'm still trying to get that info, Matt. Queensland Health is helping me find a spokesperson who can give us the details. I'll put your questions to the spokesperson and hopefully have an update next week.

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