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Digital Hospital

Interactive. Informed. Optimised.

In November 2015, the Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) became Australia’s first large-scale digital hospital. Becoming a digital hospital has put the PAH at the forefront of healthcare innovation and technology and leads to better care for our patients.

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Becoming a digital hospital helps us to: 

  • get you home sooner by empowering staff with fast access to information
  • spend more time caring for patients and less time doing paperwork
  • optimise our world class medical research
  • reduce our environmental footprint.

What is a Digital Hospital?

As a digital hospital your doctors, nurses and healthcare team document and access your medical information (such as who you are, reason for admission, medical history and any allergies) on computers instead of using paper files.

New digital bedside patient monitoring devices automatically upload your vital signs and observations, such as your blood pressure, temperature and heart rate, directly to your secure electronic medical record.

Digital Hospital infographic
 

Positive patient identification

Printed patient identity wristbands with unique bar codes replace hand written wristbands to ensure accurate patient identification.

Our staff scan the bar code on your wristband with a handheld device to easily link your digital bedside vital signs and observations with your medical record.

Adjusting to the new system

By becoming a Digital Hospital, our hospital staff needed to learn and adjust to the new digital system and devices. We appreciate your patience as we transition to this new way of documenting your care.

How privacy and security will be protected

Only authorised Queensland Health hospital staff can access your secure electronic medical record.

Your record is protected by strict legislation, as well as built-in security measures to protect against unauthorised access.

Last updated 6 May 2016
Last reviewed 16 November 2015