Esk Hospital drops paper

Esk resident John Cochran was the first person in the Esk Hospital Emergency Department to be registered on the new ieMR system. Picture: WEST MORETON HEALTH

West Moreton Health has extended its state-wide paperless records system to Esk and other rural hospitals in 2024.

The integrated electronic Medical Record (ieMR) solution allows Queensland Health clinicians across the state to update medical information securely and seamlessly.

ieMR went live at Laidley and Esk hospitals in April 2024, and Gatton Hospital is due to go paperless in September and Boonah in October.

West Moreton Health chief executive Hannah Bloch said she was pleased to extend the ieMR system to the rural hospitals.

“The ieMR system improves safety and quality of care for patients, as well as continuity of care between hospitals, as it makes real-time patient information available when and where it is needed,” she said.

“Not having to worry about paper-based medical records allows staff to spend more time with patients and focus on the clinical aspects of their care.”

Active Esk community member John Cochran has visited Esk Hospital many times as a patient and a visitor.

It was the first place he opened his eyes when he was born 80 years ago, the first place he turned to when he was injured, and now John is the first person in the Esk Hospital Emergency Department to be registered on the new ieMR system.

“This is the greatest little hospital,” he said.

“It’s fantastic… it feels like home.”