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WA Health signs $45 million desktop hardware deal

by Pallavi Singhal and Paris Cowan •
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The Western Australia Department of Health (DoH) has awarded a $45 million contract for the supply of personal computers and related services to CDM Australia.

Since this story was published Acer has also been added to the contract.

Beginning in September 2012, the contract has a two-year term and possible extensions out to 2017.

The Department has committed to replacing 4,000 desktop PCs across the public health system every year under its Desktop Refresh Program, to “ensure that WA Health has the fleet required to keep pace with the latest application enhancements as they are released,” it said in 2010.

According to its annual report, however, an extra large fleet of 8,000 desktops and 400 printers were replaced under the program in 2010-11.

The contract has been signed through the State’s whole-of-Government panel for desktop hardware, Common Use Agreement (CUA) 25708. Under the CUA, CDM Australia is eligible to provide government standard desktops which specify:

  • Core 2 Duo E6400 2.13 GHz 1066 MHz FSB or equivalent;
  • 2GB RAM;
  • 19” LCD Monitors; and
  • Windows compatibility with all components included in Microsoft Hardware Compatibility List.

 It is also pre-qualified to provide tablet and hybrid computers.

CUA 25708 has a total estimated value of $190 million across its three year term from February 2010 to February 2013, with two options to extend by two years after that.

The purchase of notebooks and personal computers under the agreement is mandatory for Western Australian public authorities in the Perth region. It also covers the non-mandatory purchase of peripheral ICT items.

CDM Australia says it is the “largest desktop supplier to the Government and Education sectors in Western Australia”.

Contracts data shows that prior its win at Health, CDM supplied IT hardware to a number of Western Australia’s public agencies including the Department of Education and the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

The WA based supplier also has a significant contracting history with the Federal Government, particularly the Department of Defence and the Defence Materiel Organisation. Intermedium’s contracts database identifies more than $80 million worth of deals signed between the Defence agencies and CDM since 2007.

Intermedium’s Budget IT tool suggests that the DoH is one of the biggest ICT buyers in the WA Government, with a number of programs of work currently underway.

CRN reports that the DoH will be working with Data #3 and Dimension Data on the ICT fit out for the new Fiona Stanley Hospital being built in Murdoch, south of Perth. It is understood that the two will share in a $50 million deal subcontracted through the hospital’s primary construction contractor Serco.

Data #3 says that its end of the deal will see it supply Cisco network infrastructure and services for the hospital complex.

The Department is also working on a comprehensive IT program known as eHealth WA. The program aims to improve the state’s public health information and communications systems by 2017. The Government’s $1.7 billion commitment to improving health services includes $335 million dedicated to ICT upgrades including the rollout of new software and hardware, electronic health records, patient management systems and clinical information technology.

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