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Local approach to EMRs essential for OS vendors

Australian hospitals looking to implement a full EMR from one of the commonly used international vendors should ensure that the product is Australianised or it won't work successfully in the local environment, UnitingCare's Richard Royle says.

Mr Royle, the driving force behind the construction of Australia's first fully integrated digital hospital, St Stephen's at Hervey Bay, said that while the Cerner system used at the hospital now acts as the one source of truth for all clinical data, it was obvious early on in the implementation that clinical groups would not accept the system unless it was tailored to local needs.

UnitingCare Queensland received a $47 million grant from the federal government in 2010 to construct the 96-bed hospital as a showcase for a digitally integrated facility, with close to half of that money allocated to IT.

Australian hospitals looking to implement a full EMR from one of the commonly used international vendors should ensure that the product is Australianised or it won't work successfully in the local environment, UnitingCare's Richard Royle says.

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