DoHA confirms next round of PCEHR funding in negotiations

The Federal Department of Health has confirmed it is in negotiations for the third tranche of funding to be allocated to the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) for the $466.7 million Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) project.

Speaking to Computerworld Australia, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) said negotiations were progressing in line with the end of the previous stage with a new allocation to be made by November this year.

The spokeswoman could not comment on the exact amount of funds to be allocated to NEHTA, but said it would be dependent on contract deliverables and used to build upon the work completed so far.

The second round of funding received by NEHTA, $50.5 million for the period from May to October 2011, covered a number of areas including system architecture, detailed business requirements, security design, standard requirements and technical specifications. This followed the allocation of the initial $38.5 million to support the PCEHR project from November 2010 to April 2011.

“NEHTA is also acting as the Department’s managing agent in relation to the recently announced National Infrastructure, National Change and Adoption and Benefits Partners and the 12 lead implementation sites,” the spokeswoman said.

Earlier this month, global technology services firm Accenture won the competitive tender to become the national infrastructure partner for the project for which it will head up a consortium of companies, including Orion Health and Oracle, for the construction of the initiative’s infrastructure.

“Accenture will be responsible for designing and building the physical PCEHR system, which will be used by people to register for and view their eHealth record,” Roxon said in a statement at the time.

In April, industry welcomed a draft concept of operations document for the project, a document previously held back by health minister, Nicola Roxon, prompting speculation around secrecy.

The paper was to provide greater detail into the initiative’s construct and ongoing operations, but was criticised for a lack of clarity..

Liberal Senator for Queensland, Sue Boyce, also delivered a scathing criticism of NeHTA’s work in the rollout of new, claiming it has repeatedly failed to deliver projects on time.

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