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$29.9m dedicated for e-health training

McKinsey and Company has lucked out again, winning another deal for the implementation of the Federal Government's plan for personally controlled electronic health records.
Written by Suzanne Tindal, Contributor on

McKinsey and Company has lucked out again, winning another deal for the implementation of the Federal Government's plan for personally controlled electronic health records.

Health Minister Nicola Roxon today said that the government has appointed a consortium headed by McKinsey and Co to lead the national change and adoption process for the records scheme, which the government has committed to have up and running by July 2012.

Other members of the consortium include PricewaterhouseCoopers, Hill and Knowlton, Workstar, Event Planet, Ocean Informatics, Alfred Health, Salmat and the Australian General Practice Network (AGPN).

"The National Change and Adoption Partner will help educate and support the training and information needs of the health workforce who will use the system," Roxon said in a statement. "The consortium will plan, design and develop training, guidance and tools in collaboration with clinicians and software providers. It will also provide change management support for clinicians, including at the 12 lead implementation sites."

Roxon said that up to $29.9 million would be spent on the contract.

McKinsey has managed to secure itself multiple contracts related to the e-health program. It is also in a consortium led by PricewaterhouseCoopers, which will be the Benefits and Evaluation partner for the scheme. The Benefits and Evaluation partner will analyse the value that the system adds value to patient care and assessing adoption.

Earlier this year, it reportedly pocketed $1.55 million for four months of consulting work to do with the project.

Roxon also announced the release of an issues paper on the legal measures required for the personally controlled electronic health record.

"The paper canvasses a range of comprehensive measures, including new original legislation and proposed changes to legislation, to safeguard personal health information," Roxon said. "People need to have confidence in the safety and security of their medical information, and strong legislation will be at the heart of this protective framework."

Submissions made on the paper, open until 3 August, will help the government in drafting the legislation to support the personally controlled electronic health record system. Draft legislation will be released for further consultation before it is introduced into parliament later this year.

Legislation enabling the creation of individual health identifiers was already passed last year.

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