Dr Louise Schaper and Richard Royle at St Stephen's Hospital in Hervey Bay.
Dr Louise Schaper and Richard Royle at St Stephen's Hospital in Hervey Bay. Contributed

Hervey Bay sets the standard for hospital technology

IT'S got 310km of fibre optic cable, two massive computer servers and connects to 2000 surgical and administration devices.

St Stephen's Hospital in Hervey Bay is setting the standard for health-based information technology.

The hospital spent $21 million on its state-of-the-art world class computer system and St Stephen's chief Richard Royle could not be prouder.

The UnitingCare Health executive director has had a massive year showing off his IT baby - the only one in Australia - to hospital executives from around the country.

It is the kind of computer system that AMA Queensland president Shaun Rudd would like to see installed across the state's public hospital network.

From medical notes by dictaphone to patient allergy alerts and GPS trackers on health equipment, there's nothing left to chance when it comes to patient care at the hospital.

Brisbane hospital and health IT company Cerner wrote the software to meet St Stephen's needs and provides off-site server access.

And if things go wrong, there's a back-up system at the hospital.

"It was set up as a pilot for Australia," Mr Royle said.

"It's the first fully-integrated digital hospital in the country.

"We've had over 200 senior executives from public and private hospitals come through and spend a significant amount of time talking to us.

"There's a great desire to go down this path because people in the industry see that fully-integrated digital hospitals do improve clinical outcomes, they reduce errors and they ultimately save money."


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