Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne Becomes First in Australia to Achieve HIMSS Analytics O-EMRAMSM Stage 7 Award

AUSTRALIA, 8 November 2018 – HIMSS Analytics is proud to announce that the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Melbourne has become the first hospital in Australia to achieve HIMSS Outpatient EMRAMSM (O-EMRAM) Stage 7.

HIMSS Analytics developed the O-EMRAMSM in 2012 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for outpatient facilities. There are eight stages (0 – 7) that measure a healthcare facility’s implementation and utilisation of information technology applications. Tracking their progress in completing eight stages (0 – 7), facilities can review the implementation and utilization of information technology applications with the intent of reaching Stage 7, which represents an advanced electronic patient record environment.

The RCH Melbourne uses technology to support the treatment and care of all children, particularly those with complex and chronic disorders, requiring care by multiple specialties. The technology allows clinicians to have a more holistic view of the care that each patient needs and receives. Any clinician can receive a real-time, single view of the entire patient journey and the interplay between disciplines.

Prior to the introduction of the electronic medical record, clinicians needed to handwrite patient information, which had a number of challenges, particularly with timeliness, communication across clinical disciplines, and when patients had multiple and simultaneous clinical needs.

Importantly, the RCH Melbourne has also used the electronic medical record to enhance transparency for patients and families, creating a new online portal.

“We have invested significantly in upgrading our healthcare technology to improve outcomes for patients and their families, and we are seeing the benefits through clinical outcomes, hospital efficiencies and enhancing the transparent healthcare partnership between clinician, hospital, patient and family,” said Jane Miller, Chief Operating Officer of the RCH Melbourne.

The RCH Melbourne is one of two Australian hospitals that became first to achieve Stage 7. Both were validated in November 2018. The other hospital is St Stephen’s Hospital Hervey Bay (UnitingCare), which became the first hospital in Australia to achieve HIMSS EMRAMSM (EMRAM) Stage 7.

According to John Daniels, Global Vice President of HIMSS Analytics, the awards represent the first time any hospital in Australia has reached this advanced stage of digital healthcare and could lead to significant improvements in patient care.

“Technology is a tool that, when put in the right hands, can change lives. Australia is beginning to realise a future where integrated, more personalised care is a reality. Historically, Australian doctors and nurses faced vast challenges from systems that didn’t communicate with each other, lost records, and information accessibility. This is a major step towards overcoming these issues. These hospitals are showing Australia what digital transformation can achieve – and the outcomes it delivers for Australian patients - and we’re delighted to be part of their journey”, said Mr. Daniels.

“Around the world, adopting electronic medical records has been shown to help healthcare organisations to save lives by using data and analytics to improve high-quality care, safety, and efficiency,” said Mr Daniels of HIMSS Analytics. “Stage 7 is really the tipping point that allows hospitals and patients to see the true benefits of EMRs. The real goal across Australia is for all organisations to reach this Stage and achieve better health through information and technology. “HIMSS will continue to work with State and National Governments to provide clear direction and help Australian healthcare organisations reach this level nationally.”

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About the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Melbourne

The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) Melbourne has been providing outstanding care for Victoria's children and their families for over 140 years.

RCH is a major specialist paediatric hospital in Victoria with a staff campus of close to 4,000. The RCH provides a full range of clinical services, tertiary care and health promotion and prevention programs for children and young people. It is the designated state-wide major trauma centre for paediatrics in Victoria and a Nationally Funded Centre for cardiac and liver transplantation.

Its campus partners, the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and The University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics, along with the RCH Foundation, are on site with the hospital in Parkville. The RCH is a key member of the Victorian Paediatric Clinical Network, working to implement the Department of Health Strategic Framework for Paediatric Health Services in Victoria (2009).

The RCH actively contributes to the implementation of Victoria's Cancer Action Plan 2008–11 through membership of the Paediatric Integrated Cancer Service (PICS) and the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (Victorian CCC). The RCH also leads a number of state-wide services, including: Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service (with Southern Health, Bendigo Health, Eastern Health and Barwon Health), Victorian Paediatric Palliative Care Program (with Southern Health and Very Special Kids), Victorian Forensic Paediatric Medical Service (with Southern Health and Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine), and more.

The new Royal Children's Hospital opened in 2011 right next door to the old site in Parkville, Victoria. It has been purpose-built for children and the way they are cared for today and into the future. The new hospital campus brings together six levels of clinical, research and education facilities over 200,000 square meters within the 4.1 hectare site. Inspired by the quality of light, the textures and forms of its parkland setting, the new RCH delivers a patient and family focused healing environment based on the latest evidence and research-based design principles.