Information transfer and effective communication are required to facilitate integrated health care. The Electronic Medical Record (EMR) is a constantly evolving system in hospitals that has the potential to improve clinical communication and documentation. However, the opposite effect is also reported, with disconnected teams and information ‘overload’. The Queensland Statewide Stroke Clinical Network in collaboration with Queensland Health developed an EMR innovation aiming to enhance the visibility of patient information to support patient care and allow automatic data extraction from routine documentation. The EMR innovation is a single comprehensive patient-centred entry point, summarising key multidisciplinary aspects of the patient. Built in widgets allow automatic clinical indicator data uploads to a national clinical registry aiding in real time service evaluation. This is the first clinician-led EMR enhancement to get to production stage in Queensland and will be exemplar towards future implementation of digital health improvements.
This PhD project will evaluate the impact of the stroke EMR innovation and its implementation on integrated care, interprofessional practice and real time data analytics. Results of this project and evaluation will be used to inform future digital transformations across clinical areas. This PhD is part of the ‘Bringing digital excellence to clinical excellence‘ project.
University of Queensland
Sam Robertson, PhD student
DHCRC PhD Scholarship