Hunter New England - Clinical Outreach Program
Hunter New England Area Health Service
Hunter New England Area Health Service, New South Wales Department of Health, and the Divisions of General Practice in the Barwon, Hunter Urban, New England and North West Slopes areas.
The project aimed to ensure imaging patient records were accessible to clinicians across regions serving a total population estimated to be 840 000 and including 20 per cent of the New South Wales Aboriginal population.
The project has provided 23 hospital and healthcare facilities in the New England region with greater access to advanced clinical applications transitioning to a complete digital imaging system through the introduction of:
- Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS)
- Radiology Information System (RIS)
- Computerised Radiography (CR)
- Network infrastructure upgrades
The installation and operation of network upgrades has increased bandwidth and internet capacity from 20 Mbps to 100 Mbps across fibre optic, satellite and microwave infrastructure. Through the restructuring of workflows made possible by the technology this program has provided improved timely access to diagnostic images, faster turnaround of radiology results and the facilitation of clinical consultations across and between healthcare facilities. The culmination of these benefits are improved patient care and health outcomes and the more efficient use of healthcare and transport resources.
|Australian Government:||$ 3 001 547|
|Other contributions (includes cash & in-kind):||$ 3 001 547|
|Total:||$ 6 003 094 (excluding GST)|