Accenture nabs key e-health deal

Summary:A consortium headed by Accenture has reportedly snagged the largest deal going under the government's migration to personally-controlled electronic health records.

A consortium headed by Accenture has reportedly snagged the largest deal going under the government's migration to personally-controlled electronic health records.

The group has taken out the contract to develop and implement the physical systems, product and interfaces necessary for the personally-controlled electronic health record system, according to reports, with the contract expected to be formally announced shortly by Health Minister Nicola Roxon's office. The government has pledged that the $467 million electronic health record system will be ready for July 2012.

The contract would include the integration of the system with existing e-health infrastructure nationally.

According to the reports, Oracle and Orion Health are part of the consortium, with their software set to play a key role in the design. Indeed, Accenture released advertisements on its site last week, looking for employees who have skills in Oracle Service Bus, Oracle IDM, Oracle Healthcare products, Siebel OnDemand, Oracle OBIEE Reporting and Orion Portal.

The Department of Health and Ageing has already awarded contracts for oversight, change management, value evaluation and securing of the system.

A consortium led by McKinsey netted the $29.9 million change management contract. Another consortium, including McKinsey, but led by PricewaterhouseCoopers, was chosen to be the benefits and evaluation partner. IBM received a $26.3 million contract to secure the e-health records via the National Authentication Service for Health. Ernst & Young has also scored a deal to provide independent oversight.

When contacted, Accenture and Oracle directed ZDNet Australia to the office of Health Minister Nicola Roxon, which had yet to provide a response at the time of writing.

Topics: Health, Government, Government : AU, Oracle, Outsourcing

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