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serious the outcome is—making sure that everything that needs to be addressed is covered across a number of different investigations.

MS CASTLEY: Minister, prior to the patient death on 13 November, were you aware of any safety concerns for patients and staff at the adult mental health unit?


ACT Health—Digital Health Record system

MR PETTERSSON: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, can you please update the Assembly on the rollout of the digital health record and the work that occurred to go live on 12 November?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Mr Pettersson for the question. Of course, the implementation of the ACT’s new digital health record has been a multiyear, more-than-$200-million project and one of the ACT government’s most important health system transformations.

In July 2020, Epic, a world-leading US based software company with four decades of experience in digitising medical records, was engaged. Just yesterday, news was released of the New South Wales government choosing Epic as its provider of their new digital health record, which will provide a great connection point with the ACT’s digital health record.

Over the course of the program, the DHR team established more than 50 groups with more than 500 subject matter experts from across the ACT public health system. Significant engagement with key stakeholders over the project, including extensive consumer engagement, has also meant that the DHR team has built person-centred systems for the ACT community. Following the build of the applications, replacing more than 40 clinical IT and paper-based system, the team undertook more than four months of build and user acceptance training.

The DHR records all interactions between a person and the ACT public health services, as has always occurred as part of providing treatment and care to our community. This includes Canberra’s major public hospitals, the community health centres and walk-in centres as well as QEII and Clare Holland House. Through a single digital health record, our system can better coordinate care, deliver faster responses to patient and staff needs and use enhanced data collection about what we are doing every day across the system.

The DHR went live across the territory on 12 November 2022 at 5.30 am. ACT Labor committed at the last election to implementing a world-class digital health record, and that is exactly what we have done. I congratulate every single person in our health system for undertaking this work and supporting each other.

MR PETTERSSON: Minister, how was the healthcare workforce supported leading up to and during the rollout of the digital health record over the past couple of weeks?

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