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Friday, December 17, 2010

Now This Will Be A Fun Tender To Watch! I Am Not Sure All The Ducks Are Actually Aligned.

The following announcement appeared yesterday.

Tender Call Marks New Stage in e-health Development

The Australian Government’s personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR) system took a further step forward today with the call for an organisation to evaluate the benefits and capabilities of the new system.

17 December 2010

The Gillard Government’s personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR) system took a further step forward today with the call for an organisation to evaluate the benefits and capabilities of the new system.

This first major Request for Tender for the PCEHR system, issued today, was welcomed by the Minister for Health and Ageing, Nicola Roxon.

“This organisation will have a key role in ensuring the implementation of e-health records will deliver real benefits for patients,” Ms Roxon said.

“The successful tenderer will put in place the analytical and evaluation framework that will underpin the development of e-health records.”

Today’s call for tenders comes on the back of the successful national e-health conference in Melbourne, and underlines the Government’s commitment to make more health information available to Australians at the click of a mouse through personally controlled electronic health records.

The successful tenderer will monitor and measure the progress of the program, analyse the benefits being progressively delivered, and evaluate the system’s growing capability.

The successful tenderer will also examine the trends that will affect the roll-out of the system, and provide continuing feedback to the Department of Health and Ageing and the National E-Health Transition Authority, as the managing agent of the program.

“This call for tenders is a key element to ensure the Government’s $466.7 million investment in the PCEHR system realises its full benefits, and does so in the most efficient and cost-effective way,” Ms Roxon said.

An industry briefing on the RFT will be held in Canberra on 17 January, 2011. Tenders close on Friday, 11 February 2011. Interested parties can access the documentation through the AusTender website https://www.tenders.gov.au.

The release is found here:


Some coverage has appeared here:


Feds search for e-health partner

  • Karen Dearne
  • From: Australian IT
  • December 17, 2010 12:01AM

THE Gillard government is seeking a private sector partner to finesse its $467 million nationwide electronic patient records rollout.

The brief is to monitor and measure progress of the personally controlled e-health record (PCEHR) program through an analytical and evaluation framework.

Health Minister Nicola Roxon said the successful bidder would have a key role in ensuring the system delivered real benefits to patients.

“The organisation will put in place a framework underpinning the development of e-health records,” she said. “It will analyse the benefits as they are progressively delivered, and evaluate the system’s growing capability.”

The partner will also “examine trends affecting the roll-out”, and provide “ongoing feedback” to the Health department and its project manager, the National E-Health Transition Authority.

And here:

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.

More here:


The key requirements run like this:

The Benefits and Evaluation Partner will:

  • Develop and deliver a Benefits Realisation and Evaluation Framework for the whole PCEHR Program;
  • Design and deliver a program monitoring and measurement capability for the whole PCEHR Program;
  • Provide a deep and thorough analysis and evaluation capability for the whole PCEHR Program; and

Provide a complementary research capability for the gathering of information that is relevant and of value to the build and rollout of the PCEHR Program.

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I don’t envy those responding to this given the level of vagueness of what the other partners and going to deliver and by when.

This is the best spot to register and download a copy of the RFT.


I plan a close read over the weekend. I am not sure and am keen to find out how one is meant to evaluate a program that has only just started - which is the way it seems to read.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Why won't the Gillard government recognise that health practitioners will NOT trust records instituted and selectively maintained by individuals with NO accountability.

No trust, no cost saving, why bother!

At least health records provided by health professionals have have a degree of accountability to their patients and other health professionals backed up with mandated indemnity insurance.
This politically correct PCEHR will be a Dad & Dave, Mum & Mabel attempt.
I am all for the patient having access to their record and the right to record their disagreement with any part so health professionals using the record can query the patient's argument as to why the record is challenged BUT the health pro's input should be and remain accountable JUST AS IT IS NOW!
A patient record should be complete so the patient should, for completeness, add all the self medication and any other wacky complementary or homeopathic medicine they buy over the internet or whatever!
That gives a health pro some idea of the mindset of the person they are required to treat in a responsible fashion.
This concept of allowing the patient to SELECTIVELY personally input or authorise input from health professionals, renders the whole idea incompetent.
Is that waht the Gillard government wants to promote into history? Their incompetence? Is that another reason why the polls now have them in negative territory?