Hospital redesign project

TASMANIA'S health system has been subject to its fair share of reports and reviews.

But a new examination of the state's hospitals by the University of Tasmania is said to be different.

The university this week launched Health Services Innovation Tasmania to oversee a $12 million clinical redesign program in the state's four major hospitals.

HSIT co-director Craig Quarmby said the $12 million federally funded project aimed to improve the quality and efficiency of acute care, and would focus on emergency departments and elective surgery.

Associate Professor Quarmby said clinical redesign was unique to anything that had been done in Tasmania before, in that it was led by doctors, nurses and other health professionals. He said said external consultants had already examined the "state of play" for elective surgery, emergency department access and bed capacity and demand.

"We are also undertaking a specific 72-hour study in the emergency department . . . looking at every step of a patient's journey from the moment they arrive to the moment they're either admitted to the ward or they're discharged home," Associate Professor Quarmby said.

"So you look at the patient journey, and you say, 'what are all the steps in that patient journey and are there opportunities for us in those steps to improve the flow, improve the patient experience, the clinician experience and overall the condition of the patient'?"

Associate Professor Quarmby said clinical redesign officers would work with clinicians at each Tasmanian Health Organisation, and HSIT included experts who had already done similar work interstate.


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