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From design to delivery: an inside look at Australia's first fully integrated digital hospital

St Stephen's Hospital Hervey Bay is Australia's first fully integrated digital hospital and a great example of how digital technology has been incorporated throughout all phases of a project.

Partly funded by $47 million federal government grant, everything in the facility from x-rays to equipment monitoring in theatres will be done electronically.

But the journey to becoming an Australian first in healthcare has not been without its challenges, with the project team having to work out very early how to design and build a hospital which caters for EMR.

In this article, Richard Royle, Executive Director of UnitingCare Health and Bruce Wolfe, Project Director and CEO at Conrad Gargett Riddell Ancher Mortlock Woolley, talk about the team's strategy behind designing and building Australia's first fully integrated digital hospital, exploring the different elements that need to be considered to design and deliver a facility which caters for new technologies.

Interview with Bruce Winzar, Executive Director Information Services & Chief Information Officer

In this interview, Bruce Winzar, Executive Director Information Services & Chief Information Officer at Bendigo Health, explores how the hospital went about going fully digital with minimal prototyping and the key success for successful digital transformation and operational effectiveness.

A glimpse into the St John of God Bendigo Hospital Redevelopment: Key lessons on delivering healthcare infrastructure projects on time and in budget

In tis case study, Alastair Greenall, Project Director of the St John of God Bendigo Hospital Redevelopment, explores how his team went about involving stakeholders in the early design phase and how this has helped to deliver a culture of change to deliver the project vision, and the lessons learned from the journey to date.

Workforce redesign in the wake of aged care reforms: how Southern Cross Care is focusing on healthy ageing to drive consumer engagement

In this article, Jo Boylan, Director of Operations at Southern Cross Care, shares insight into some of the strategies Southern Cross Care is using to reassess their workforce and current delivery model to transition to a more consumer-driven contemporary service.

Key design principals for digital hospitals Insights into the development of the world’s first digital hospital standard

In this article, Bronwyn Evans, CEO at Standards Australia explores the underlying principles of what a ‘digital hospital’ actually is, the core elements of the new Digital Hospitals Handbook and the impact it will have for the design, construction and commissioning of healthcare facilities in the future.

Rolling-out an integrated EHR system across multiple sites Key lessons from the South West Alliance of Rural Health’s EHR journey

In this article, Katharina Redford, Director Clinical & Corporate Information Systems, SWARH, explores the key lessons learned from SWARH’s EHR implementation journey to date and the processes they are adopting to align software design, data and workflows across multiple sites for improved efficiency.


Interview: The Herston Quarter Redevelopment Project: Delivering a World-Class Health Precinct

In this interview transcript, Kate Copeland, Executive Director, Corporate Systems and Infrastructure Metro North Hospital and Health Service, outlines the project vision and delivery model, the current stage of the project and the lessons learned from the journey to date.

Delivering a tertiary teaching hospital as a PPP project Sunshine Coast University Hospital

In this article, Scott Lisle, Acting Chief Executive of Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service, shares insight into the strategies used to ensure successful PPP project collaboration, the steps taken to ensure clinical buy-in in the process and the lessons learned from the journey to date.


Ahead of the Health Facilities Design and Development Summit taking place at Australian Healthcare Week 2018, Nicole explores Epworth Richmond’s master planning process and next stages, strategies used to manage redevelopment while operating a full capacity business in a residential zone and lessons learned from their journey to date.