Bar­won Health lays it on the ta­ble

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BAR­WON Health has launched its new- look web­site, and, for the first time, will pub­lish up- to­date sta­tis­tics on its per­for­mance.

The web­site con­tains track­ing data from the Gee­long Hospi­tal emer­gency room, as well as elec­tive surgery wait­ing lists.

Lat­est fig­ures show the Gee­long Hospi­tal emer­gency depart­ment is well ahead of na­tional tar­gets in see­ing the most emer­gency cases on time over the past seven days, but peo­ple are wait­ing longer than four hours for the less ur­gent cases.

Pre­vi­ously, per­for­mance data was only avail­able quar­terly through the State Gov­ern­ment.

‘‘The data will be updated weekly and will en­sure that our community is in­formed at all times,’’ Bar­won Health chief ex­ec­u­tive David Ash­bridge said on his blog.

‘‘ The data will also be ac­com­pa­nied by com­men­tary and key health mes­sages; pro­vid­ing a high-level view of what is in­flu­enc­ing de­mand for our ser­vices and what we are do­ing to meet it.’’

As tech­nol­ogy ad­vances, Bar­won Health is hop­ing to be able to use real- time data to one day give peo­ple ac­tual wait­ing time es­ti­mates within emer­gency de­part­ments.

The new web­site can also be trans­lated into 19 dif­fer­ent lan­guages, and has other ac­ces­si­bil­ity fea­tures built in.

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