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Victorian Budget 2018-19: VHA applauds commitment to more timely care with electronic medical record

Posted 30 April 2018

A new electronic medical record will link patient records and data across Parkville hospitals, ensuring people receive more timely, accurate and safer care.

The Victorian Healthcare Association applauds the $124 million investment announced yesterday by the Minister for Health, the Hon. Jill Hennessey and Special Minister of State, the Hon. Gavin Jennings.

VHA CEO Tom Symondson said that when health professionals have access to complete and accurate information in a timely manner, clinical decision-making is optimised and patient outcomes improved.

“An electronic medical record provides a comprehensive health picture and vastly improves the ability to diagnose, manage risk factors, reduce and prevent errors and improve outcomes.

“Yesterday’s announcement is a strong demonstration of leadership by the Andrews Labor Government, and we hope it will lead to a commitment of a roll-out of a digital health record across the state to ensure all Victorians have access to the safest and most timely care possible,” Mr Symondson said.

The new digital health record, to be implemented across the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne Health and the Royal Women’s Hospital, will also link with the existing digital health record at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Earlier this year, the VHA presented a 2018-19 Pre-Budget Submission to the Victorian Government seeking commitment to fully-fund an electronic medical record for the state’s public hospitals, including relevant ICT upgrades to ensure equitable, safe and timely care for all Victorians. The VHA has campaigned strongly for investments of this kind.

VHA CEO Tom Symondson will host an analysis on the health sector impacts and highlights at a VHA Budget Breakfast on Wednesday 9 May. For more information go to www.vha.org.au/events

 

Now in its 80th year, the VHA proudly represents 96 per cent of the state’s public hospitals and community health services. 

For more information or to arrange an interview with Mr Symondson, contact:
Zhoe Jess, Media and Communications Manager, on 0400 952 120 or zhoe.jess@vha.org.au

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