Queensland Health has signed a contract for the supply, installation and support of notebooks, printers and services for its 450 sites across the state.
The contract, with QDS, which covers the supply IT procurement services in a panel arrangement to Queensland Health, has been renewed for a two-year period. QDS is a 50/50 joint venture between IT&T service providers Data #3 Limited and Powerlan, and was set up in 1996.
Mark Esler, state general manager procurement of Data #3, said QDS will deliver significant benefits including streamlined administration and purchasing procedures and a reduction in the costs of purchasing, installation and maintenance hardware.
"Overall, Queensland Health will gain a lower total cost of ownership including an on-going reduction in the number of brands of systems being used," Esler said.
The contract will also allow Queensland Health to move forward with a number of projects including a new clinical information system, patient administration system, community health management environment and pharmacy system.
QDS has already won five significant contracts -- including three for Education Queensland supplying hardware to 1350 state schools.