27 September 2023

Health points fingers at digital transform

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Hundreds of staff from across the ACT’s public health system have attended a ‘go live readiness assessment’ to become familiar with the new Digital Health Record system (DHR).

Welcoming the preparative work, the Minister for Health, Rachel Stephen-Smith said more than 300 clinical, administrative and executive staff from the ACT Health Directorate, Canberra Health Services and Calvary Public Hospital Bruce attended the day-long event to ensure the system would switch over smoothly when the DHR goes live on 12 November.

“[The] readiness assessment was another important step on our journey to implementing this significant improvement to public health and hospital service delivery in the ACT,” Ms Stephen-Smith said.

“The Digital Health Record will streamline patient journeys through the public health system by making patient records and medical history instantly available across our hospitals and community-based services,” she said.

“This world-class system will replace more than 40 systems currently in use across the ACT public health system, allowing clinical staff to spend less time looking for critical medical records and more time looking after patients.”

Ms Stephen-Smith said the Digital Health Record would make it easier for the ACT’s dedicated public health care staff to continue providing high-quality, safe care.

She said that with less than two months until “go live”, the ACT’s Digital Health Record team was ramping up preparations for the new system, including training for all staff, testing of equipment and the procurement of 8,000 new electronic devices.

“More than 1,600 super users are also being trained to provide an additional layer of assistance during the change over to the new system,” the Minister said.

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