Western Health is to deploy an electronic health record and scanning system to enable the Victorian healthcare provider to digitally store and deliver patient medical records across its multiple sites.
The system, which will see some four million pages scanned in its first year of operation, will be used across all of Western Health’s sites including Western Health Footscray, Sunshine Hospital, Williamstown Hospital, Sunbury Day Hospital and a number of satellite sites.
Key features of the system include a web based interface accessible from any PC in Western Health’s network, the ability to interface with other hospitals in real time, and a security system which allows access to varying levels of patient information based on the user’s role and level of authority.
The system will also act as a stepping stone for the organisation, responsible for providing acute health services to more than 690,000 people throughout Western Metropolitan Melbourne, to move to a full electronic medical record system for the organisation.
Western Health joins the Royal Children's Hospital in flagging its intention to push ahead with e-health and roll out an electronic medical record.
In April, it said the electronic medical record is being deployed in response to the Victorian Government’s $360 million whole-of-health ICT strategy aimed at modernising and replacing ICT systems throughout the state's public healthcare sector.