SA government boosts funding for ICT upgrade

$375 million health plan

The South Australian department of health is set to launch a 10 year, $375 milliion plan to undertake an extensive ICT overhaul.

The plan involves upgrading the state's patient information systems and covers 65 different projects.

Funding for the upgrade was included in last week's state budget handed down by SA treasurer, Kevin Foley.

The biggest projects involve upgrading the state's clinical information system, OACIS, which is used across SA's public hospital system.

SA uses a clinical information system known as OACIS, which is in need of an upgrade.

The government is aiming to implement a state wide information system that links hospitals, clinics and other health units to enable the sharing of medical records.

Meanwhile, the SA government is still negotiating contracts for its $650 million FutureICT outsourcing program.

The program replaces the state's whole of government contract it had with EDS, which was signed in 1995.

Contracts yet to be signed cover three bundles of telecommunications services, messaging, ICT equipment and distributed computing services.

To date, the government has signed $536 million worth of ICT contracts through the FutureICT program.

The new outsourcing arrangements, which replace the whole of government contract, are expected to save $30 million per year.

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