Queensland is set to become the home of Australia's first digital hospital, with the federal government confirming a $47 million grant for the facility yesterday (July 4).
The $87.5 million St Stephen's Hospital will be built in coastal city Hervey Bay by UnitingCare Health and will see the records of patients with private health insurance stored online.
Staff will wear identification tags that can be monitored by GPS tracking and the paperless hospital will also feature a wireless data network.
The hospital – due to open in August 2014 – marks the second stage of St Stephen's Hospital, after a $5 million day centre was opened six years ago.
According to UnitingCare Queensland chief executive officer Anne Cross, a number of health professionals have already expressed their interest in being part of the new 96-bed hospital.
"This is an exciting project for the region and it reflects the strong focus we have on embracing and investing in new technology," she told APN Australian Regional Media (July 4).
"No doubt many in the health community are keeping an eye on what we are doing and many also will want to be part of it."