Friday, June 30, 2017

The Northern Territory Goes For A Huge Project To Do It All In Health IT.

This appeared a few days ago:

NT prepares for mammoth overhaul of health IT

$259 million to be delivered by InterSystems
Rohan Pearce (Computerworld) 23 June, 2017 14:24
InterSystems Australia has been chosen by the Northern Territory government to replace the NT’s key health IT systems.
The $259 million Core Clinical Systems Renewal Program (CCSRP) involves replacing four separate clinical IT systems used by the NT’s health service.
The program was originally expected to cost $185.9 million, but the territory’s government in this year’s budget upped funding for the CCSRP.
The project involves implementing a single end-to-end system for NT public health services as well as a territory-wide, real-time health electronic record system.
“NT Health has established an advisory group, the Clinical Leadership Team, which will support the CCSRP team for safe implementation of the new integrated ICT solution,” NT health minister Natasha Fyles said.
“This is a major investment delivering a single digital medical record for all territorians. It enables our nurses and doctors to focus on treating patients and delivers the high quality health services that Territorians want and deserve.”
Dialog Information Technology will provide integration services for the project. InterSystems will launch a Darwin office, the NT government said.
“Once implemented, the InterSystems solution will enable territorians to engage with their own healthcare information, clinicians to achieve better connections with patients and one another, and healthcare data to be exchanged among vital institutions through interoperability,” said InterSystems Corporation vice-president, international business, Steve Garrington.
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There is also coverage internationally.

InterSystems lands $259 million healthcare IT project in Australia

Vendor will replace four clinical IT systems in the country’s Northern Territory.
June 23, 2017 02:16 PM

InterSystems Australia will soon begin a clinical systems overhaul of the Northern Territory's core clinical systems under a government program. The goal: to create a single digital medical record. The estimated cost: $259 million.
InterSystems vied for the contract with three other bidders – Telstra Health, Epic Systems and Allscripts.
InterSystems, which has worked in Australia over 25 years, is a known entity in NT Health. In the past, the company has provided NT Health with a pathology system called TrakCare Lab and with its Ensemble integration platform.
InterSystems, headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a major global supplier of clinical systems and has operated in Australia for more than 25 years, along with its local integration partner, Dialog Information Technology, which will provide the integration piece of the project.
Once implemented, the InterSystems technology is expected to enable patients and clinicians to better engage with one another and for patients to have better access to their own healthcare information.
Interoperability among health systems and data exchange are also key components of the project.
InterSystems has proven to be a favored global vendor – for both its result and price, according to a May 2017 report from research firm KLAS.
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This is clearly a very big project for the ‘Top End’. It will be fascinating to see how it goes over the next few years.
How the system inter-operates with the myHR will be interesting to see.
David.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

One would expect it to copy data into the GovHR with little effort, have we not just invested tens of millions is coaxing NT with there current system? And why is NT just not using the MyHR? They are small enough and a territory and seemed to have been driving the development of the system from the outset. If NT has lost faith perhaps it should be shut down.

Anonymous said...

"And why is NT just not using the MyHR?"

Because it's not a real eHR.

Anonymous said...

8:13 PM. Correct it is now a digital health platform for eFax

Anonymous said...

The NT are masters at this game, they will dangle a perception of success in front of DOH knowing full well they cannot afford to lose NT health data.

Anonymous said...

Be very interesting to see how this progresses, NT building on what they have achieved to date is great to see, it maybe small in comparison to other health departments but just as complex.

Anonymous said...

It looks as though David (NT) has told Goliath (Dept Health) what Paul Madden can do with Tim Kelsey's MyHR given that not so many months ago Stephen Moo agreed to have the NT replace his EHR baby with the MyHR!!

Anonymous said...

If Mr Moo did say NT would use MyHR then this is funny. However this NT work has been in planning for sometime, has NT HIT been broken up where Mr Moo no longer calls the shots or as a ADOHA board member is this a reflection of the level of faith they have in their CEO maybe Tim passed neither the sniff test nor the pub test.

NT is probably better off having ADOHA well out of the picture, they can no longer provide the engineering or architecture muscle NT once relied on, and they have a decent communications department.

Anonymous said...

The new Agency will set the national agenda for technical and data standards, promote clear principles for interoperability and open source development”, Ley said.

Well so far Tim has shut down standards at the Agency, dismissal a leading mind in interoperability and I hear experienced people in SNOMED and AMT have been sent packing, the tender on interoperability is a joke. This developer program being launched next week had better be a polished all inspiring success. So far I have been less than impressed

Anonymous said...

So far I have been less than impressed. Yes that is a polite way of summing it up. Tim for a change, I would be happy to see MyHR go to DHS and reform the Agency under what Leys statement outlines, apart from the clinical and consumer partnership work the ADHA is a weak leaderless bit of dribble.

Anonymous said...

You can't polish a turd.