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First major tender for Electronic Health Record released

by Paris Cowan •
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The Department of Health and Ageing (DHA) has released the first major tender for the roll-out of its $466.7 million Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR), and accompanying documents reveal the other major categories of procurement that are likely to follow.

DHA released a Request for Tender (RFT) seeking a national Benefits and Evaluation Partner for the Build and Rollout of the PCEHR on 17 December 2010. 

“The successful tenderer will put in place the analytical and evaluation framework that will underpin the development of e-health records,” said Health Minister Nicola Roxon.

“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,” she added.

The Benefits and Evaluation tender is one of four major approaches to market that are listed in the accompanying tender documents.  Other industry partners that the DHA plans to seek out include a:

  • National Infrastructure Partner;
  • National Change and Adoption Partner;
  • e-Health Sites.

Each of these partners will enter into a tripartite contract with the DHA and the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA), who will act as the Commonwealth’s managing agent.

The bulk of the ICT component of the project will be supplied by the National Infrastructure Partner.  The Infrastructure Partner will be responsible for designing, testing, deploying and maintenance and support of the PCEHR infrastructure.  Once the build is complete, the Infrastructure Partner will be required to transition the management of the system on to an Operating Partner.

The National Change and Adoption Partner will be responsible for putting together and implementing a communications strategy that will ensure the uptake of the PCEHR amongst clinicians and patients.

e-Health sites will be contracted for the testing and deployment of the system.

It is unknown when these tenders will appear, as the Benefits and Realisation Partner is the only one of these four categories listed in the DHA’s procurement plans for 2010-11.

The PCEHR project was announced in May this year and attracted the single largest capital expenditure allocation for an ICT initiative in the 2010-11 Federal Budget, at $466.7 million.

The project aims to provide a secure system which will allow patients and their health care providers to view an electronically stored record of their medical history, including previous conditions, immunisations, allergies and medications.

The system will minimise the health system’s reliance on immobile the paper records maintained by GP’s, and will ensure a patient’s entire medical history is accessible to health practitioners making treatment decisions, regardless of location.

The project is described in the tender documents as a, “key building block of the National Health and Hospitals Network”.

While this is the first major tender to be released for the PCEHR roll-out, if follows several smaller arrangements that have already been entered into, including:

  • A $326,000 contract signed with Oakton for Analyst Services
  • A $321,000 contract signed with APIS Group for the development of a Sourcing Strategy
  • A $100,000 contract signed with Adcorp Australian to advertise the PCEHR
  • A Standing Offer Arrangement with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu for Strategic Advice

Tenders for the opportunity to become the Benefits Realisation Partner for the PCEHR need to be submitted to the DHA by 2pm, 11 February 2011, and an industry briefing will be held at the DHA’s Canberra Office on 17 January 2011.  The system is scheduled to be up and running by 1 July 2012.

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  • National Health and Hospitals Agreement
  • Nicola Roxon
  • PCEHR