Tasmania to roll out electronic health record system

The Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is to deploy a shared electronic health record system.

In DHHS documents the agency said it was looking for a data aggregation, and clinical and business intelligence solution as a foundation for the three Area Health Services, Statewide and Mental Health Services, Tasmanian Ambulance Service and other business units within DHHS.

The DHHS said the electronic health record system, to be implemented over the next five years, would span the whole health sector aggregating data from a range of source systems.

The solution would also include an easy to use interface, flexible reporting and analytics, auto-populated electronic forms and would help support the National E-Health agenda in Tasmania.

“As part of the E-Health Strategy approved by the DHHS Executive in early 2009, the health operating units are looking to implement a solution that will fulfill the vision for an electronic health record, integrated from multiple systems and distributed to internal and external care providers,” the documents read.

“Central to the solution is to have both an electronic health record and the business intelligence and decision support capacity needed both by clinicians and management.”

The DHHS said the new system would link in with the State’s existing iSoft iPatient Manager client/patient administrative management system and the range of clinical and business systems to provide an integrated solution that can be used by clinicians and managers to deliver health outcomes to Tasmanians.

The system will also support the integrated management of patients and clients across the state, support the delivery of clinical services to patients and clients, and help implement a suite of clinical service delivery systems.

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