​Department of Health on the hunt for data analytics panel

The Australian Department of Health plans to extend its existing data analytics capabilities with the establishment of a health data analytics panel in September.

The Australian Department of Health is looking to establish a health data analytics panel to provide a range of data analytic services to support the department.

The department has gone to tender [PDF] saying a key objective of the panel will be to supplement its existing data analytics staff and capabilities, while assisting it to evaluate new and emerging analysis methods.

In addition, the panel will be responsible for delivering trial and evaluation services of self-service data reporting and analytic tools, such as those that assist economic, statistical, and location-based analysis; project management services for data analytics projects; services to collect, collate, and prepare data for data analysis projects; and services to communicate the results of data analysis.

The request for tender also said the panel will need to be familiar with one or more of the analytics software packages the department currently holds, including Teradata, SAS Enterprise Guide, SAS Visual Analytics, SAS Forecast Studio, SAS Enterprise Miner, ESRI ARC GIS suite, and COGNOS.

The department said it plans to establish a panel from September 1, 2016 for three years, with an option for up to two years extension beyond June 30, 2019, which will be available at the department's discretion.

The deadline for the request for tender is August 8, 2016.

In May, Telstra Health won a contract with the Department of Health to construct and run the new Australian National Cancer Screening Register for the next five years.

Under the contract, Telstra Health will create a database of cancer records for those who have been screened for bowel and cervical cancer, with patients and doctors able to access the register online.

The Department of Health also awarded Datacom a five-year contract in March last year to provide IT infrastructure and support services.

The contract, valued at approximately AU$242 million, sees Datacom responsible for delivering a fully managed service, including the full provision, maintenance, and refresh of all hardware and software assets within the department.

The Datacom contract replaced then-existing IT services contracts that the department had with IBM Australia and Accenture. The contract with both vendors expired on June 30, 2015.