The facility is being built on a former Cadbury factory site – and will carry little space for paper-based records. Rather, more room will be made for mobile devices, self-serve kiosks and sensor systems.
“We are trying to implement new technologies and solutions well before the hospital opens. From a change management perspective, I want staff to be comfortable working in that digital environment before the doors open,” said Southern District Health Board executive director of people, culture and technology Mike Collins.
“Health planners have run hundreds of workshops around future models of care, and running all through that is how technology can help influence improvement, flow and change.
“It’s about breaking down the silos between primary, community and secondary care. When you have conversations about patient pathways, you’re really talking about flows around the health system.”
Chair of the Clinical Leadership Group, doctor John Adams, added: “It’s certainly clear to me that this is not just about building a physical hospital. It’s about building on the moves that have already been made around how the hospital works, and how it relates with primary care and the whole plan of health services in the region and the South Island.
The New Dunedin hospital is going to be a really important cog in the whole of the health services in the South Island. Part of the planning will be about how the clinicians continue to develop those exciting new ways of collaborative functioning, both internally and externally.”