NSW Health has engaged in a flurry of ICT contracting since 1 January this year, indicating that that the final stages of its state-wideCorporate Systems strategy are well underway.
Intermedium has recently noted the publication of a set of contracts signed by NSW Health since the year commenced, most of which are directly related to the later stages of several major corporate systems upgrades taking place within the state’s public health system.
HP, Allocate Software, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the Litmus Group and the Frame Group are all additions to the team charged with deploying the health department’s automated rostering system.
A spokesperson for NSW Health has told Intermediumthat implementation will begin on the system later this year.
“A phased roll-out of the identified new rostering solution is likely to begin later in 2011 and will continue over the remaining three-year life span of the program of work,” she said.
The system redesign follows on from the 2008 Garling Report into NSW acute care services, which recommended that rostering practices be reformed to ensure that junior clinical staff are supervised at all times.
With the procurement of all necessary software and IT services completed in 2009-10, NSW Health has moved to engage PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the Litmus Group, the Frame Group and Allocate Software for “Professional Services” involved in the deployment of the automated system.
Altogether, these contracts total $4 million.
Intermediumhas recorded three contracts signed between NSW Health and PriceWaterhouseCoopers for the implementation of the rostering system, worth a total of $1,815,484.
The Litmus Group signed two contracts for professional services worth a total of $342,557, and Allocate Software signed one for $861,300.
As well as receiving $212,850 for another lot of professional services, The Frame Group has also been contracted by the department as the “technical architect” of the rostering program, for $193,500.
HP will receive $664,973 for the provision of hardware for the ‘Equipment Expansion’ of the program, in a contract that extends to May 2016 – a date which likely represents the completion of the roll-out.
In April, Health signed a $2,675,112 contract will IBM to conduct a hardware refresh of the human resources information systems (HRIS) and financial management information systems (FMIS).
The Oracle-based HRIS system, which has been upgraded with secure online self-service for employees and managers, is currently being rolled out across the state’s health system.
Health also entered into a $625,248 contract with Power Solutions DTD for support services relating to the statewide advanced billing system, PowerBilling Revenue Collection (PBRC). The PBRC will replace the legacy systems HOSBIL, HealthBil and Speediclaim.
The new system will be able to uniformly conduct online billing with Medicare Australia using ECLIPSE functionality, improving payment times and transaction efficiency.
In a contract that will have support implications for the corporate systems mentioned above, the agency has also signed up to procure three years of Applications Managed Services from Fujitsu.
The $5,727,636 agreement will cover enhancements, maintenance and support of the software platforms in use within the health system.
The Corporate Systems strategy is one of four core components of NSW Health’s ten-year ICT Strategic Plan, joining a Clinical Systems Strategy, a Business Information Systems Strategy and an Infrastructure Strategy to cover the scope of ICT operations within the NSW public health system.
Launched in 2006, and continuing through to 2015, the ambitious plan centres around some major clinical initiatives such as the establishment of the Electronic Medical Record (eMR) system and a state-wide integrated digital imaging and radiology information system. Both are in their implementation stages.