Digital transformation of a rural health alliance
The Grampians Rural Health Alliance (GRHA) is one of five Victorian rural health alliances providing shared technologies, including internet access, data connectivity, shared applications, IP telephony, mobile and desktop solutions. GRHA membership comprises 11 hospital-based health services, four bush nursing centres and one stand-alone community centre spread across 40 sites.
In partnership with its lead agency, Ballarat Health Service, GRHA expanded its existing clinical information system across the region to support innovative models of patient- centered care. Disparate systems limiting access to patient data between wards, emergency departments, community care and residential services had been identified as a critical issue in the delivery of a continuum of care.