A major contract for the Australian Defence Force’s e-Health was announce a few days ago.
Published on Thu Feb 10 12:59:30 GMT 2011
HEALTHCARE software group EMIS has won a major contract to monitor and help improve the health of Australia’s armed forces.
The Leeds-based group, founded by two North Yorkshire GPs in 1987, yesterday revealed it has been appointed by global technology giant CSC to supply a new electronic health information system for the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
Under a five-year contract, CSC Australia use EMIS’s clinical software to deliver a health records system covering all personnel in the ADF, called the Joint e-Health Data and Information (JeHDI) system.
The new system, which will be based on EMIS’s clinical software – will create a detailed electronic health record for each ADF serviceman and woman, featuring data from recruitment to discharge.
EMIS, originally called Egton Medical Information Systems, said JeDHI will support better and more efficient healthcare, and also allow the ADF to map health trends across its three armed forces.
EMIS chief executive Sean Riddell said: “As well as being the UK market leader in primary care systems, EMIS is also highly experienced at providing military healthcare solutions and our systems are already widely deployed across the world.
“This prestigious contract further extends EMIS’ international reach and reinforces our credentials as a world-class provider of e-health information systems.
“We are delighted to partner with CSC Australia on this project and look forward to working together to make a positive difference to the care of thousands of Australian servicemen and women around the globe.”
It is hard to understand just why a system from the UK would be selected for the ADF.
While I have no problem with EMIS being selected but the fact does rather beg the question about what is going on locally that this gap cannot be filled by an Australian developed system.
It would be interesting to read the evaluation report and to know which Australian providers submitted a tender.