Dr Anthony Lynham


Queensland’s digital hospitals improving patient care

digital hospitals

25 June, 2018 –

Technology is revolutionising the speed and accuracy of patient care across Queensland thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s rollout of digital hospitals.

Digital hospitals allow clinicians to monitor a patient’s vital signs such as blood pressure, temperature and heart rate in real time through advanced technology.

Electronic medical records can be accessed in real time by simply scanning a unique bar code on the patient’s identity wristband with a handheld device.

This tool, among others, is showing remarkable improvements in patient outcomes.

Data analysed from five of Queensland’s digital hospitals has shown an 88 per cent reduction in pressure injuries and a 37 per cent reduction in hospital acquired infections.

On-the-go monitoring allows clinicians to immediately identify any spikes or dips in a patient’s condition and quickly provide treatment.

The rollout of the digital hospital program, including the implementation of the integrated electronic Medical Record (ieMR), is reducing errors, improving patient outcomes, and reducing costs.

By 2020, there will be 27 digital hospitals across Queensland and 80 per cent of patients receiving public healthcare in Queensland will be treated in a digital hospital.

Digital Hospitals currently live:

  • Princess Alexandra Hospital
  • Mackay Base Hospital
  • Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital
  • Logan Hospital
  • Beaudesert Hospital
  • Redland Hospital
  • Wynnum Manly Community Health Centre Gundu Pa
  • The Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Hospital

Hospitals to go live in 2018:

  • Townsville Hospital
  • Sunshine Coast University Hospital
  • Nambour Hospital
  • Ipswich Hospital

Hospitals to go live in 2019:

  • Gold Coast University Hospital
  • Toowoomba Hospital
  • Robina Hospital

Hospitals to go live by 2020:

  • Cairns Hospital
  • Rockhampton Hospital
  • Bundaberg Hospital
  • Hervey Bay Hospital
  • Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
  • The Prince Charles Hospital
  • Redcliffe Hospital
  • Caboolture Hospital
  • Thursday Island Hospital
  • Roma Hospital
  • Longreach Hospital
  • Mount Isa Hospital

For more information visit: https://www.health.qld.gov.au/clinical-practice/innovation/ehealth/queensland