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Australia announces Personal EHR project

SYDNEY, Australia – Australia’s Department of Health and Ageing has selected Accenture to design and implement the country’s Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) system. The initiative will span all Australia-based health systems and enable patients with a single record to manage care.

Australia’s Department of Health and Ageing is investing US$466.7 million over two years to establish the PCEHR system, which is available by registration. The effort will allow patients to control what is stored in health records, manage provider access and connect medical records across national health systems.

The Accenture team will be supported by Oracle in the management of patient records and Orion Health for the consumer and clinician portals, while Telstra will provide a Cloud hosting model through the Telstra and Accenture alliance.

If all goes according to plan, clinicians, citizens and health administrators will be able to register and begin using the PCEHR system from 1 July 2012.

The PCEHR effort will give patients a greater level of direct involvement in their own healthcare plan. Clinicians will be able to make more informed decisions with easier access to key medical data such as health summaries. The government expects medication errors to be reduced and a significant reduction in the time and costs associated with redundant tests and retrieving disparate information.

“Accenture is proud to lead Australia’s PCEHR effort, a key initiative for delivering efficient, insight driven healthcare,” said Brad Cable, who leads Accenture’s Health & Public Service in Australia. “Patients will have greater control and access to health information, while providers have greater insight and context to make informed health decisions.”

The Department of Health and Ageing awarded Accenture the contract as a result of the company’s global PCEHR implementation experience, ability to tailor Accenture’s Connected Health Solutions to the specific needs of the Australian healthcare system, along with the company’s previous experience in executing large scale programs for the Australian government.

“Accenture has a demonstrated track record in the successful delivery of what is a very sophisticated system. Singapore’s national electronic health record, announced earlier this year, was an important factor in our selection, as it shows a true understanding of what is required for an effective system,” Minister for Health and Ageing Nicola Roxon said.

About Accenture
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Posted August 25, 2011