NSW Health is looking to launch a brand new ICT strategy as early as April 2012.
“NSW Health is developing an eHealth strategy that will be in place in April. The eHealth strategy will incorporate future ICT plans to effectively align state-wide and local activities to more effectively deliver services to those that work in and use the health system,” said a spokesperson for Health Support Services (HSS), the corporate services unit within NSW Health.
At the last CeBIT conference held in June 2011, Dr Ian Rodgers, the Director of eHealth and ICT Strategy at the Department, announced that the existing ICT Strategic Plan would go under review during the second half of 2011.
He said that the refreshed strategy would extend upon several existing initiatives, including:
- A second phase of the Electronic Medical Record (eMR) roll-out, which extends the system to doctors in wards and clinics; and
- A second phase of infrastructure improvements, which will build on the current project and convert ICT functions into a proper high grade system.
Responsibility for implementation of the new Strategy will most likely fall to the eHealth NSW unit, a new health entity to be established as part of a broad structural reform of the Department announced in August 2011. EHealth NSW is set to assume all of the ICT functions currently held between HSS and the Ministry of Health.
The new ICT body will be lead by a Chief Executive who will sit on the Director-General’s Executive Leadership Team. Recruitment to fill the role is due to commence once the governance arrangements for eHealth NSW have been completed.
NSW Health says these arrangements are due to be finalised in early 2012.
According to the 2011-12 NSW Budget, more than $185 million in funding remained to be spent on components of the ICT Strategic Plan at 30 June 2011. This figure included a remaining $38 million for the Patient and Clinical Systems strategy, a remaining $51.4 million for the Medical Imaging Information System, and $34.4 million for the Business Information Strategy.
The 2011-12 NSW Budget also contained $394.6 million in new ICT funding for NSW Health, including $170 million for an Electronic Medications Management System due to be completed in 2020.
At Intermedium’supcoming NSW Breakfast Briefing, the future of the NSW Government ICT market, including NSW Health, will be laid out in presentations by those with an insider’s understanding of how the state’s public sector does business.
Register now for the briefing, to be held on 1 March 2012 in North Sydney.