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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 6 Hansard (8 June) . . Page.. 2061..


Health-e-Health implementation

(Question No 1085)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 3 May 2006:

(1) What work has ACT Health undertaken since signing a Memorandum of Understanding in November last year regarding e-Health implementation;

(2) Given that a proposed project for the ACT in regards to e-Health implementation was to facilitate the secure delivery of Electronic Discharge Summary and Referral information to health care providers in the ACT and surrounding NSW regions, has this project been implemented; if not, why not and when will it be implemented;

(3) Has the ACT Government completed the ACT Patient Master Index in relation to e-Health implementation; if not, why not and when will it be implemented;

(4) How will the patient master index benefit the Canberra community and the health care industry;

(5) Has the ACT Government extended the electronic discharge summaries reporting to all clinical units at The Canberra Hospital in relation to e-Health implementation; if not, why not and when will it be implemented;

(6) How will the extension of the electronic discharge summaries reporting benefit the Canberra community and the health care industry;

(7) Has the ACT Government completed the Visiting Medical Officer remote access pilot in relation to e-Health implementation; if not, why not and when will it be implemented and completed;

(8) How will this pilot benefit the Canberra community and the health care industry;

(9) Is the Patient Administration System at The Canberra Hospital on track to go live during 2006-07 in relation to e-Health implementation; if not, why not and when will it be ready for implementation;

(10) How will the Patient Administration System going live benefit the Canberra community and the health care industry.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) ACT Health has:

  • developed and finalised a project proposal to procure and implement an Electronic Discharge Summaries and Referrals solution;
  • negotiated and finalised a Funding Agreement with HealthConnect (DoHA);
  • established a Project Governance framework inclusive of a Steering Committee;
  • recruited a Project Manager; and
  • developed system requirements through key stakeholder engagement - 1st Draft to the Steering Committee on the 18 May 2006.

(2) Work completed to date on this project is listed above. Expected completion date for this project is March 2007.


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