WA Govt commits $8m for Electronic Medical Record System

Wednesday, 12 August, 2020

WA Govt commits $8m for Electronic Medical Record System

The McGowan government is injecting $8.1 million to commence planning for a Western Australian Electronic Medical Record System, as recommended by the Sustainable Health Review, to improve safety, efficiency and patient experience. The Electronic Medical Record System creates a linked digital environment capable of providing rapid access to information, to support patients through their health journey in the WA health system.

“The development of an Electronic Medical Record System will enable information to be available across the full continuum of care — not only promoting safety and quality but also saving lives,” said Health Minister Roger Cook.

Once developed, the system will enable clinicians to view information such as patient notes, assessments, medical histories and diagnostic test results, in one place, helping them make safe and informed decisions. With the system, patients will not need to wait for medical records to be transferred between clinicians, with records held electronically on the system.

This investment will help provide a modern, resource-efficient, digital platform that prioritises safety and improves patient outcomes. The Electronic Medical Record System will also create a foundation for future digital growth and clinical innovation within the Western Australian health system.

“It is wonderful to see the advancements being made in health as we progress on our digital journey, and planning for an Electronic Medical Record System is a key component of this,” Cook said.

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