The following reports appeared today.
Accenture-Oracle bags major PCEHR deal
- Karen Dearne
- From: Australian IT
- August 15, 2011
AN Accenture-led consortium has won the pivotal contract to deliver a national IT infrastructure for the Gillard government’s $500 million personally controlled e-health records system.
The team includes Oracle and Orion Health, in a reprisal of the Accenture-led consortium that last year won a $146m contract to deliver Singapore’s e-health records program.
Health Minister Nicola Roxon has promised that by July 1 next year, every Australian who wants one will have access to a personal e-health record, leaving a very tight timeframe to complete the project build.
The contract -- originally due to commence last month -- involves the detailed design and construction of the whole system, integration with existing health IT infrastructure across the nation, and testing.
Accenture began hiring for the project last week, seeking staff with experience in Oracle’s service bus integration engine, identity management architecture, business intelligence enterprise suite and Siebel OnDemand customer relationship management.
Orion Health will supply its Concerto medical applications portal, which sits on top of existing information systems and gives doctors a single point of access for patient records, lab results, digital images and service orders.
Accenture has been boosting its health IT credentials for some time, with a particular focus on the public sector.
There is also coverage here:
Exclusive: Accenture wins national e-health IT contract
Oracle software to back Federal Government's e-health record system.
The Department of Health and Ageing has awarded a consortium led by Accenture one of the biggest IT deals to be offered in Federal Government this year: a contract for development of Australia’s personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR) system.
The contract, awarded this week for an undisclosed amount, would be worth a sizeable chunk of the Federal Government’s $466.7 million investment into the records.
This involved the build of an operations centre and core ICT infrastructure for the PCEHR program, the development of portals for healthcare suppliers and consumers for access to e-health records.
It would also be required to build a call centre to handle inquiries about the system.
I have to say all one can do is with them luck. They are being driven to deliver an unworkable solution which will wind up being an enormous waste of money. If I were a vendor this is a contact I think I would have liked to lose!