Digital hospital a first
BIG Brother is watching may well be the catch cry for those working at Fraser Coast's soon to be built St Stephen's Private Hospital.
Australia's first digital hospital will take health care into the future mirroring the most modern hospital systems in the world.
One of the innovations will see staff wearing identification tags that can be monitored by GPS tracking. No one will be able to venture into prohibited areas unless they have clearance and a reason to be there.
Even such things as medical equipment will be tagged, so staff can locate whatever they want at any time, by simply punching details of what they are looking for into any one of the 350-plus computers online at the private hospital.
Executives of St Stephen's Hospital and UnitingCare gave a brief outline of the innovations of the new project at an official launch of the hospital yesterday in Hervey Bay.
A $47million federal government grant under its Health and Hospital Funding Initiative, proved the catalyst for UnitingCare Health moving forward on a project that had been in the pipeline for years.
St Stephen's Hospital general manager Leanne Tones said without that money health facilities in the region would have remained under pressure for years.
UnitingCare's Qld CEO Anne Cross said they had already received inquiries from health professionals looking to move to Hervey Bay to work at the new hospital.
"This is an exciting project for the region and it reflects the strong focus we have on embracing and investing in new technology," Ms Cross said.
"No doubt many in the health community are keeping an eye on what we are doing and many also will want to be part of it."
Ms Cross said the future of St Stephen's Hospital Maryborough was still been investigated, but she assured the community it would continue to operate in some form and would not be closed.