DoHA on the hunt for partner in e-health rollout

The agency will work with the Department of Health and Ageing and NEHTA to deliver the project

The Federal Government is on the hunt for a partner for the rollout of its Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) program.

The $466.7 million program, outlined in the 2010-11 budget, includes the design, build and rollout of e-health records over two years from the 1 July 2010 until 30 June 2012.

Once the program has been implemented, all Australians who wish to participate will have the ability to register for their own personally controlled electronic health record from 1July 2012. This will also enable the quick exchange of patient-controlled, high priority healthcare information between systems ready to connect to the PCEHR system, including, hospital discharge summaries, referrals, and medications lists.

“Australians will be able to check their medical history online through the introduction of personally controlled electronic health records, which will boost patient safety, improve health care delivery, and cut waste and duplication,” health department documents read.

According to department documents, the agency will work closely with the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) and the National e-health transition authority (NEHTA) in the delivery of the program.

“The Benefits and Evaluation Partner, in providing services, will deliver all milestones and deadlines in accordance with the contract and other high-level PCEHR Program planning and implementation documentation,” department documents state.

The partner will also ensure that overall program benefits and policy objectives are being realised and achieved, while taking into account the role of the NEHTA, the ongoing development of legislation, and the roles and responsibilities of other PCEHR program partners.

Applications close at 2pm on 11 Feburary 2011.

The NEHTA recently called for submissions from clinical desktop software suppliers wanting to support the first e-health sites in states across Australia, to help test initial specifications for the PCEHR.

As reported by <i>Computerworld Australia</i>, the DoHA recently issued a further $55 million in grants to introduce further trial sites for the implementation of personal e-health records, to join the first three sites in Brisbane, the Hunter Valley and Melbourne's eastern suburbs which were allocated $12.5 million over two years as the starting point for the project.

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