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NT Health searches for suppliers to manage ICT projects

by Sam Murphy •
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The Northern Territory Department of Health (DoH) is establishing a panel of suppliers to manage, develop and evaluate a host of projects underway or in the pipeline.

DoH are one of NT’s heaviest users of ICT. According to Intermedium’s Budget IT, DoH was allocated a total of $48.7 million in the 2013-14 NT Budget. $47.7 million of that was committed to Operational Expenditure (OpEx).

A Request for Tender (RFT) has been issued by DoH to establish the panel for the provision of ICT project services.

According to tender documents, DoH is looking for vendors to:

  • Manage projects through their lifecycle;
  • Evaluate business requirements;
  • Contribute to the design and development of solutions;
  • Provide strategic direction and advice on systems; and
  • Conduct system testing

DoH includes the Top End Health & Hospital Services (TEHHS) and the Central Australian Health and Hospital Services (CAHHS). It also delivers services to the Department of Children and Families (DCF).

The Department has a number of existing ICT systems and a number of ICT projects underway. The largest project is the transfer of the My eHealth Record (MEHR) system to the nationwide Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR). DoH is planning to make PCEHR the vehicle for all new information but will keep MEHR active for historical documents.

While the NT Government claims MEHR has been a successful system, private general practices, specialists and allied health professionals in urban Northern Territory locations were not using MEHR. It is expected that the PCEHR will be introduced into these locations.

According to Tender Documents, “Current systems cover the full range of Hospital and Acute Care, Primary Health, a National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre, Health Protection, Disease Control, Environmental Health, Disability, eHealth, Family and Children’s Services and corporate functions”.

A Secure Electronic Messaging System is currently being implemented by DoH. The system includes referral management services and diagnostic results reporting with DoH targeting a 95% participating rate across the Territory. It is expected that the system will extend to Aboriginal Medical Service providers in remote communities.

The 2012-13 DoH Annual Report indicates that in 2013-14, DoH will launch the Healthy Smiles eLearning training package for staff in remote locations and continue to roll-out a centralised booking system for Oral Health Services. A new Grants Management System is also being developed to improve management and reduce red tape for service providers.

According to the Report, the DoH plans to conduct an internal audit of record keeping as well as ICT third party vendor management in 2013-14.

The panel has a contract length of three years. DoH intends to invite further vendors to join the panel every 12 months. Applications close on 12 February 2014.

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  • NT
  • IT Services
  • Health
  • Central Australian Health and Hospital Services
  • ICT Project Services Panel
  • MEHR
  • Northern Territory Department of Health
  • Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR)
  • Top End Health & Hospital Services