The Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) has launched a tender process, searching for a partner to help build and rollout its Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record Program (PCEHR). The Federal Government allocated $466.7 million towards the e-Health initiative in this year’s Budget.
The DoHA stated the partner will develop and deliver the benefits realisation and evaluation aspects of the PCEHR Program, which includes a framework for the whole program, monitoring and measurement capabilities along with deep and thorough analysis, and evaluation of the entire program. This should also include a complementary research capability to provide the Department with relevant data.
The partner will also be working closely with the Department and the National eHealth Transition Authority (NEHTA) in developing the program. Applications for the tender close February 11, 2011.
The PCEHR program should also provide the ability to quickly and seamlessly exchange patient-controlled, high priority healthcare information between systems.
The DoHA tender documents stated that the program rollout could continue beyond the initial two year period, but further work would be subject to government policies and business cases.
Once the program is in place, it aims is to provide all Australians, who wish to take part, with the ability to access their own personally controlled electronic health record as of July 2012.
The Federal Government’s ultimate aim is to consolidate general health history, pathology, radiology and prescription data into a single access point. The system is designed to build upon the Healthcare Identifiers Service, which the Government claimed would be the foundation service for all e-Health initiatives in Australia.