Children’s Hospital launched its Electronic Medical Record (EMR) on 30 April 2016. We are one of the first paediatric hospitals in Australia to replace paper-based medical
records with a comprehensive state-of-the-art electronic record.
We've rolled out the EMR so that our health care professionals will have the most up-to-date
and accurate information, all in one place, when they care for your child.
The new system
will improve communication among doctors, nurses, allied health professionals
and the rest of your care team, helping them deliver even safer care.
It will also
help us communicate better with you through ‘My RCH Portal’, a new secure,
online hub where you can access parts of your medical record through the
What is an EMR?
Medical Record (EMR) is a computerised version of a paper-based medical record.
information is entered into the EMR by the clinicians caring for your
child as they provide care. Paper-based records are no longer be used at the
How will the EMR improve my child’s
The RCH has implemented the EMR to help us deliver even safer care to our patients and
their families. Here are a few of the benefits it will deliver.
One of the biggest benefits of the EMR is that your
child’s clinical information is in one place, easy to read and readily
accessible to all of the clinicians involved in your child’s care. Clinicians
no longer need to chase up, or share, a single paper based record. This
will make it much easier for clinicians to search and access the information
they need to make the best decision about your child’s care. Through the
EMR, some of your child’s health information can also be shared with your GP so
they can better care for you when you and your child go home.
with clinical decision making
The EMR supports clinicians to make
the best decisions about your child’s care.
information, prompts, warnings and alerts in the system help them to determine
what care is needed. For example, the EMR can help
clinicians decide which test your child needs by giving them a comprehensive
understanding of all of the investigations and results your child has already
hospitals where an EMR has been introduced it has helped reduce the number of
test some children need by removing duplication or helping identify when a test
The EMR makes dispensing medicines even safer. The system
offers prompts and warnings to clinicians as they make decisions about the
medicines your child needs.
allergy information is very clear to all clinicians involved in your
The EMR may make some hospital processes quicker, meaning you
and your child can go home sooner. For example, the EMR will help reduce the
amount of time it takes for a medication to be dispensed, once it has been
ordered by your doctor. In some hospitals with an EMR, the time saved for
families has been up to an hour and a half.
The EMR notifies your clinician if your child is
eligible for a research study so they can offer you the opportunity participate.