Accenture scores $111m data warehouse contract

The Department of Health and Ageing contract is part of the government's National Health Reform project

Accenture has won a $111 million tender with the Department of Health and Ageing for an enterprise data warehouse (EDW) as part of the government’s National Health Reform (NHR) initiative.

The tender was issued in September and sought to combine the Commonwealth, states and territories in an Australia-wide health and hospital system overhaul.

A DoHA spokesperson told Computerworld Australia the contract with Accenture was signed on 22 December but would not comment on how competitive the tender was or provide details on shortlisted candidates.

Under the contract the EDW’s role is to implement the information sources, analytical tools and reporting capabilities to support a broad range of NHR agencies including the National Health Funding Body; Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care; National Health Performance Authority and the Independent Hospitals Pricing Authority.

The EDW will also provide access to key common and agency specific data collections; provide the tools for a range of data analysis, modelling and forecasting activities; and ensure activity based funding-related data transfer between the relevant national, state and territory agencies.

When the tender was issued, DoHA, the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority and other related agencies’ data sources amounted to some 16TB with expected capacity requirements in five years equalling a total of 80TB.

Over 40 per cent of the data is Medicare benefits-related, followed by aged care at 26 per cent and acute care at 19 per cent. Anticipated annual data growth rates are set at 10 per cent through to 2021.

It is not the first contract win for Accenture in the healthcare sector with the company scoring another DoHA contract to be the national infrastructure partner for its $466.7 million personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR) project.

As the infrastructure partner, Accenture heads up a consortium of companies including Orion Health and Oracle for the construction of the project’s infrastructure

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