Tasmania has gone to market for further e-health services in a continuation of its push to upgrade the health technology capabilities in its hospitals.
The newest request for tender looks for a clinical care system that will
first be rolled out at the neo-natal and paediatric intensive care unit
of the Royal Hobart Hospital, which has 14 beds and would have 70 users. Its
estimated cost for acquisition and implementation is $500,000.
Yet this small implementation could be the start of a larger
roll-out. "The department's long-term vision is for a single,
state-wide system for critical care medicine that may be deployed
to any relevant site within the Department of Health and Human
Services," the tender documents said. The time scale for this to
happen was five to 10 years.
The system will replace current manual systems with electronic
recording of clinical information through direct entry, data
collection from different hospital devices and analysis of health
information. The system has to interface with other existing and
future health systems in the state.
The new system, which has to use the Tasmanian unique health
identifier as its primary index field, will allow the department to
keep tabs on key outcomes such as number of admissions, diagnosis,
outcome, infection rates, complication rates and drug errors.
iPharmacy is currently implemented in all hospital pharmacies
and the department is currently implementing iPatient Manager in
all hospitals in the state via an over $4 million contract with
iSoft to upgrade the system from the state's HOMER
patient administration system to the newer iSoft iPatient Manager.
The implementation is occurring region by region, and the
government anticipates it will be finished by the end of 2009.
Tasmania also recently
released a tender for a vendor to
undertake a project to replace the state's radiology information
system as well as to replace or extend the existing picture archive
and communications system Carestream, which is currently in use in
Royal Hobart Hospital and Launceston General Hospital.