The Victorian Government has announced a bumper investment in digital health as part of its 2018/19 Budget, with funding for the roll out of the electronic health records linking its leading Parkville health services.

Minister for Health Jill Hennessy and Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings yesterday announced the $124 million funding boost for the implementation of the cutting-edge EMRs at the Royal Women’s Hospital, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Melbourne Health. The project will also link the patient records of the three major health providers with the system operating at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

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Announcing funding for the Parkville roll out, Hennessy said the system will deliver safer healthcare with fewer avoidable errors, duplications and delays to treatment.

With an increasing number of patients receiving shared care across the Parkville hospitals, the system will provide patients’ medical records to care teams throughout the precinct.

“This world-class system will save Victorian lives. We cannot underestimate the value of getting real-time records to arm our medical professionals with the information they need,” Hennessy said.

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“This will make life easier for our hardworking doctors and nurses and will give patients peace of mind that their medical records will be up to date and easily accessible wherever they are receiving treatment.”

The Parkville project will save Victoria an estimated $34.1 million every year. 

In the 12 months since its EMR implementation, the Royal Children’s Hospital has seen substantial benefits to patients and clinicians including a 27 per cent reduction in medication prescribing and administration errors, 6768 fewer pathology tests performed, and 2414 fewer medical imaging examinations.

The government yesterday also launched the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct Strategic Plan today, which is designed to create 10,000 new jobs by 2030, increase focus on the commercialisation of the state’s biomedical innovations, “unlock the value” of health data, attract and retain the best scientists and entrepreneurs, and harness the economic benefits of the sector for Victoria.




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