Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick in the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital Patient Assessment Control Hub.
Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick in the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital Patient Assessment Control Hub. Geoff Egan

Command centres could be coming to a hospital near you

AN AUSTRALIAN first health command centre could be rolled out across regional Queensland's hospitals - but not in time for the flu season peak.

The Metro North Hospital board has established a $180,000 command and control centre that offers real time patient and staff data across the five hospitals in the area.

The Patient Assessment Control Hub utilises existing health data to give real time data about patient admission, movements and discharges across Brisbane's 2300 north side hospitals.

Health Minister Cameron Dick said the Australian-first system would be rolled out statewide if it proved effective.

"Just like a control tower in an airport, this is a command and control centre for our public hospitals on the north side of Brisbane.

"If it works successfully we'll look to roll it out across the rest of Queensland."

Mr Dick said he would be encouraging the Metro North chair and CEO to speak to their counterparts in other areas about the system's benefits.

Mr Dick said the PAC Hub was not yet leading to savings in the system but he hoped it would lead to future efficiencies.

"This has never been done before anywhere in the country but we're already getting the benefits from it. And for me, I want to see those efficiencies translated across the hospital and health services," Mr Dick said.

"And at the end of this year when we get through the flu season we'll look to translate this to other health services across Queensland."

But Mr Dick warned Queensland hospitals were set to experience their busiest time of the year as flu season peaked in August and September.

Mr Dick said it was not too late to get flu shots, urged people to stay at home if they were sick and encouraged people to go to their doctor before heading to the emergency department.

"Remember emergency departments are for emergencies," he said. - ARM NEWSDESK


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