Funding boost for Electronic Medical Record System

  • $8.1 million as part of WA Recovery Plan to initiate planning for an Electronic Medical Record System
  • System will create a future modern, resource efficient, digital platform
  • Enhanced digital environment will help clinicians and improve patient care  
  • The McGowan Government is injecting $8.1 million to commence planning for a Western Australian Electronic Medical Record System that will improve safety, efficiency and patient experience.

    The system is one of the key recommendations of the Sustainable Health Review, which prioritised the delivery of patient-centric, high-quality and financially sustainable healthcare across the State.

    Using state-of-the-art technology, an Electronic Medical Record System creates a linked digital environment capable of providing rapid access to information, which is vital to support a patient throughout their health journey in the WA Health system.

    Once developed, the new system will enable clinicians to view information such as patient notes, assessments, medical histories and diagnostic test results all in one place – greatly assisting their ability to make safe and informed decisions.

    This means patients will not need to wait for medical records to be transferred between clinicians – instead records will be held electronically on the system.

    This important investment will help to change the way clinical care is provided in WA by planning for a modern, resource efficient, digital platform that prioritises safety and improves patient outcomes.

    An Electronic Medical Record System will also create an important foundation for future digital growth and clinical innovation within the Western Australian health system.

    As stated by Health Minister Roger Cook:

    “The announcement today is just another example of how the McGowan Government is delivering on the recommendations made by the Sustainable Health Review and progressing the WA Recovery Plan.

    “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.

    “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.”

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