Health Information Technology and Its Evolution in Australian Hospitals
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Information technology has altered many aspects of our lives. Healthcare has accelerated its adoption primarily with the aim to reduce health system inefficiencies and improve the quality and safety of healthcare delivery. The burgeoning and seasoned medical administrator is likely to encounter more and more transformational programs where health information technology plays a significant role. This chapter focuses on key principles of a typical Electronic Medical Record (EMR) implementation, with a practical case study of Australia’s first fully integrated digital hospital at St Stephen’s Hospital Hervey Bay, from the perspective of a Chief Medical Information Officer. This will equip medical administrators with a base level of expertise to support these endeavours within their organisations and serve as a preliminary introduction to health information technology.
KeywordsHealth information technology eHealth Electronic Medical Record Electronic Health Record Health information technology Implementation HIMSS CMIO CNIO CCIO Quality and safety UnitingCare Health St Stephen’s Hervey Bay
Dr Monic Trujillo - I would like to acknowledge Richard Royle, ED UCH, Connie Harmsen, eHealth Program Director, Dr. Yogesh Mistry (Assistant CMIO), Dr. Luis Prado (Chief Medical Officer UCH), Dr. Surendra Bhutra (Chair of Anaesthetic WRT and Director of Anaesthesia & Perioperative services, SSH) and Dr. Ranald Pascoe (Director Intensive Care, Wesley Hospital and Chair of Medical WRT) Connie Cross (Clinical applications Project Manager), Vicki Ibrahim (Chief Pharmacist UCH), Patricia Liebke (Learning and Change Manager) David Kempson (CIO UCH) and the fantastic Cerner team that worked with us. Dr Nic Woods - I would like to acknowledge Physician Executive colleagues from Cerner, to the digital health pioneers and all clinicians playing an active role in this exciting and important space.
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