St Stephen’s a ‘vital part’ of Australia’s healthcare future


UnitingCare Health’s St Stephen’s Hospital has a key role to play in the future of healthcare in Australia, according to a new book about health management.

The Hervey Bay facility is described as a “vital part of the future of healthcare in Australia” in Improving Health Management through Clinical Decision Support Systems.

The assertion is made in chapter six, which was co-written by UnitingCare Health’s executive director Richard Royle and the hospital group’s ehealth program director Connie Harmsen.

Royle and Harmsen explore the unique challenges presented by the project and the solutions deployed. They also identify key components related to the success of the project.

St Stephen’s opened in 2014 as the first fully integrated digital hospital in Australia.

It was the first hospital in the country to achieve Stage 6 certification by the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) for its advanced Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system.

Chapter six of the book can be read here.


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