St Stephens Hospital patient Beverly Kersnovske shows Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton some of the functions on the Patient Entertainment System in her room.
St Stephens Hospital patient Beverly Kersnovske shows Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton some of the functions on the Patient Entertainment System in her room. Alistair Brightman

Medical history right alongside TV shows and lunch menu

AS A PATIENT at Hervey Bay's digital hospital, Beverly Kersnovske's entire medical history is at her fingertips - right alongside her favourite television shows and today's lunch menu.

The 86-year-old, who recently returned to St Stephen's Private Hospital after a stay last month, is quickly learning what it's like to be cared for in a touch screen environment.

Her expert navigation of the online entertainment system came in handy yesterday as she showed Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton the ropes ahead of the hospital's official opening.

While the easy-to-use system makes Ms Kersnovske's stay more comfortable, Dr Monica Trujillo said the push to be paper-free - eliminating the chance of lost files and missing critical information - was aimed at saving lives.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell believes the eHealth concept, recognised by Minister Dutton as "world class", represents not only a first for Australia, but also a "major milestone" for the maturing region which now has guaranteed modern health care and an attractive option for medical experts.

The $96 million hospital is the first in regional Australia to be completely computerised.



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