WA govt invests in e-health initiatives in Budget 2013-14

The Western Australian government is investing in several e-health initiatives this financial year, including $8 million over four years to develop and deliver on an emergency telehealth service in the state’s Goldfields region.

According to its FY14 budget papers, the $8 million will provide medical and support staff who will deliver emergency medical services to remote healthcare providers "outside of standard working hours or when local doctors are not available".

As part of the state’s ongoing asset investment expenditure, $237 million in total will be used to purchase ICT infrastructure and health equipment, with $4.5 million in total for a clinical incident management system and $10.7 million in total for corporate and shared services reform programs. Almost $5.5 million has been set aside for telehealth services for the Southern Inland Health Initiative.

The WA government has already spent $6.5 million on an imaging picture archive and communication system and $4 million on a Simulated Learning Environments Program as part of its investment in e-health.

The WA government has also made some ICT investments for the Attorney General’s department. Projects that are underway include court audio/visual maintenance and enhancements that cost almost $14.4 million, an integrated courts management system that cost $10 million and corporate information management systems that cost around $10.3 million.

The Western Australian Registration System was also replaced at a cost of $5.5 million.

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