Queensland Health is one of the agencies to benefit from IT spending outlined in the Queensland State Budget 2009/10 released on 16 June.
More than $200 million in IT spending has been allocated to the Health Department, a $86.2 million injection to upgrade ICT equipment, networks and servers to enable them to accommodate future e-health requirements.
This is on top of the $87.1 million to be invested in the production and delivery of an electronic medical record. This program aims to consolidate personal medical information and improve communication between individuals, institutions and medical practitioners.
The security of such a system is a hotly debated topic. It is believed that the purchase of advanced health equipment would cost QLD about $84.5 million.
Other departments are also spending big on IT investments. The Department of the Attorney- General is set to spend $20.8 million over the next five years to implement a digital record for births, deaths and marriages.
The government will invest $54.9 million toward the $78.7 million integrated communications and emergency operations centre in Brisbane.
Police have provided a $100.6 million capital allocation "to continue essential information and communication technology projects including Policelink, a new police contact centre for non-urgent calls"
The Department of Justice and the Attorney General and the Department of Community Safety will also fund Policelink a $29.3 million initiative to establish a redirect for non urgent matters as well as the digitalization of dispatch and traffic camera systems.
There will also be an IT investment of over $100 million to produce smart classrooms equipped with digital learning facilities according to the Department of Education and Training.