New hospital gets digital upgrade

INFORMATION: Maree Edwards and Bruce Winzar talk technology in one of the server rooms at the new Bendigo Hospital. Picture: CHRIS PEDLER
INFORMATION: Maree Edwards and Bruce Winzar talk technology in one of the server rooms at the new Bendigo Hospital. Picture: CHRIS PEDLER

Information and communication between doctors and patients will be crystal clear thanks to the digital system at the new Bendigo Hospital.

The New Hospitals Data Centre will improve the amount of information patients have at their fingertips.

Bendigo Health chairman Bob Cameron said the new system and technology will allow for better doctor-patient relationships.

“A patient can be in their bed and have all the clinical information there so the doctor and patient can work together to get best outcome for the patient,” Mr Cameron said.

“It means the hospital has everything there to get as much information to patient’s bedside as possible.

“When you’ve got information being uploaded instantaneously, doctors are able to work at greater productivity, which is better for the residents of northern Victoria.”

The data centre has more than 40km of optic wire and 1800km of copper wire installed in the system.

Member for Bendigo West Maree Edward inspected the data centre on Monday and said it was imperative the new hospital had such a system running.

“A new hospital like this can’t run without this data and technology. It is moving Bendigo Health into a digital age,” she said.

“Most people have a mobile device, and they will be able to use those in the hospital for things like doctor appointments and ordering food. 

“It is just fantastic that this centre is at the heart of the hospital. It is fantastic for patients as well as the medical staff.”

Bendigo Health chief of information Bruce Winzar said the high speed broadband system would mean data could be shifted at a very fast rate.

“(This data centre) includes a lot of systems that provide data and real-time information,” he said.

“It is the only one in regional Victoria. In regional Australia we will be a leading hospital for information, communications and technology.

“In comparison European and American builds, we are right at the top with our new technology.”