Technology and infrastructure

Digital hospital facts and features

UnitingCare Health has enabled best practice healthcare and patient care outcomes by implementing the latest proven eHealth technologies and advanced models of patient care at St Stephen’s Hervey Bay. Core to this implementation is the Chief Medical Information Officer.

Digital Hospital Features

 

The new digital hospital features:

  • Automatic feeds which transfer key elements of patient data directly from monitoring systems to the electronic medical record (EMR)
  • Real time mobile clinical alerts on allergies, medications, and abnormal vitals and results
  • Patient medication barcode scanners
  • Local and remote access to the patient chart via mobile computers on wheels and tablets
  • Electronic meal ordering and a patient entertainment system

Digital Hospital Fast Facts

 

Fast facts on technological infrastructure at St Stephen’s Hospital include:

  • Over 2100 Data Points throughout the facility
  • Over 100km of Data Cabling
  • 11 Communication Rooms
  • 1 main Data Centre
  • Approximately 150 Wireless Access Points and the capacity to add more as demand increases
  • Approximately 1000 devices which connects and communicate data via the hospital network
  • All network switching equipment has dual power supplies in the event of a device power supply failure
  • All Communication Rooms and Data Centre has dual power feeds; in the event of a failure, equipment will continue to run on the redundant power feed
  • St Stephen's Hervey Bay has two generators to maintain continuity of power to core technology equipment
  • Video Conferencing capability in the operating theatres and other areas of the hospital
  • Patient Entertainment System that provides Internet Access, Television Viewing, Video Conferencing and Meal Ordering at the bedside
  • Extensive IT security that allows only authorised devices to connect to the hospital network

Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO)

Dr Monica Trujillo

UnitingCare Health has appointed Australia’s first Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO), Dr Monica Trujillo. The Chief Medical Information Officer is a key executive in the successful implementation of any eHealth project, and serves as the bridge between the organisation’s medical and IT departments. They achieve this by working collaboratively with Visiting Medical Practitioners and clinicians, Information Services and other key stakeholders.

The role has existed in the United States for a while, but is new to Australia.

Dr Trujillo is passionate about advancing patient care and safety and improving quality outcomes through the adoption of clinical technology, clinician leadership, and active participation.

Medication Management

St Stephen’s wards and operating theatres are equipped with automatic medication dispensing cabinets, which are accessed using fingerprint identification technology and which dispense precise patient medications, as ordered electronically by doctors.

The Wesley Research Institute is conducting a research project to measure how the use of this closed-loop electronic medication system improves patient safety by eliminating common errors that occur in hospitals.