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M E T R O S O U T H H E A LT H

ing patient outcomes in an emergency. Ballantine believes Metro South

learned from the successes with

Health understands how technology

Princess Alexandra Hospital and how

and healthcare are converging: “IT is

will this further support the roll out of

no longer a service into healthcare: it is

its Digital Hospital Program? “We

fundamentally part of healthcare.

experienced a myriad of unrealised

Whilst it will never take away that

efficiency and benefits,” affirms

doctor, nurse or allied health profes-

Ballantine of what he sees as more

sional dealing with a patient one on

than just an IT project. He is proud of

one, it’s able to augment how that

the community outcome that enables

interaction occurs.”

rural country hospitals (such as

Metro South Health opened

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sions decrease by 18%. What has it

Beaudesert) to offer a connected

Australia’s first digital hospital in 2015,

service for patients, minimising the

which, thanks to IMR,

need for transfers while allowing

has seen re-admis-

them to be treated in their hometown.

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