Managing patient flow is critical to the safe and effective delivery of care for Queenslanders. The rollout of the integrated electronic Medical Record (ieMR) creates opportunities through digital solutions to identify barriers to patient flow. This allows for early intervention and improved visibility of patient delays and bottlenecks, at scale. By 2020, 80 per cent of Queensland Health hospital patients will be cared for using the ieMR. Once implemented, the Digitising Patient Flow (DPF) project could reach all of these patients.
The Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) has been identified as the pilot site due to the hospital’s infrastructure, resources, stakeholder involvement, advanced understanding and knowledge of the ieMR, demonstrated experience in translating digital clinical tools into practice and cultural readiness.
This project is led by the Healthcare Innovation and Transformation Excellence Collaboration (HITEC) team, Clinical Excellence Division’s Healthcare Improvement Unit and in partnership with the PAH. A Strategic Advisory Committee established in phase one will continue to provide strategic advice and guidance for the life of the project. In addition, a Focus Working Group and Statewide Governance will be established to provide guidance and ensure the proposed solution is scalable and sustainable across the state.