iSOFT rolls out patient management system in Tasmania

Setting the basis for its $4.6 million agreement with the DHHS

Hot on the heels of an ASX update aimed at reassuring investors about the state of the company, iSOFT (ASX:ISF) has announced it has completed the rollout of its $4.6 millionpatient management system across Tasmania.

The system, which claims to set the foundation for the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services' (DHHS) for a shared electronic health record system, was first announced in February 2008.

As reported by Computerworld Australia, the system will integrate patient information across all of Tasmania's public hospitals including the Royal Hobart, Launceston General, and North West Regional Acute Hospitals.

It will provide clinical staff across Tasmania with access to up-to-date patient information in an aim to optimise efficiency, avoid duplication, reduce risk, and reduce time spent collecting patient information.

It also ensures a single state-wide repository of information on patient medications enabling the DHHS to build common patient medication profiles and apply common business rules.

The change involved moving over 6.5 million records from an existing iSOFT system and the installation of the new system, so that Tasmania now has single database of patient records instead of three separate databases.

The next stage is to develop a state-wide solution for community and mental health services, with the roll-out of the system to 24 community health services and 32 mental health facilities

Back in 2008, upon signing the deal, DHHS Tasmania's chief information officer, Max Gentle, said iSoft was selected for its proven ability to implement comprehensive state-wide patient administration and pharmacy management systems.

"This includes a clear understanding of key business processes, healthcare delivery, and how information will support our future aspirations," he said.

iSOFT’s ASX update came following a halving of its share price, since it issued a market update on the state of the company at the start of June.

In the current update, the company said that some investors had inferred from its 2 June 2010 market update that there were issues with its' Northern Cluster Contract – part of the UK’s National Program for IT (NpfIT) to which iSoft, and partner CSC, are major providers.

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