NEHTA calls for vendor submissions to support e-health sites

Federal transition authority seeks software suppliers as part of $466 million e-health investment

The National e-health transition authority (NEHTA) has called for submissions from clinical desktop software suppliers wanting to support the first e-health sites in states across Australia.

The submissions will help test initial specifications for the personally-controlled electronic health record (PCEHR), and successful applicants will form a panel of clinical desktop vendors responsible for working with the NEHTA.

The initiative is part of a $466 million investment by the federal government aimed at enabling Australians to register for individual summaries by June 2012.

Successful vendors will be responsible for delivering software solutions to healthcare providers, and support lead sites while developing national healthcare standards.

A final set of technical specifications will be available to interested vendors between December of this year and March 2011.

The call for submissions comes as the NSW department of health last week advertised for the role of director of e-health and ICT strategy, after the department said it aimed to realign its business functions.

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