e-Health - Victoria
Articles and resources about trends and issues in e-health in the state of Victoria, Australia.
Broadband boost for Rural Breastscreaning
The Victorian Government has provided $1.9 million to help BreastScreen Victoria establish the Australian first Rural Broadband Digital Mammography pilot project.
Chronic Healthcare Transformed in Mildura
Medical care in Mildura has been transformed thanks to a broadband-based technology that is helping hospital patients monitor and manage their health in the comfort of their own homes.
Geelong leads new Frontier in Health Technology
Geelong Hospital's Intensive Care Unit is leading Australia as the only Australian ICU to have introduced cutting edge Smartcard technology to patients' bedsides.
Stroke Telemedicine in Victoria
The Victorian Stroke Telemedicine project has commenced with contracts completed and working groups commencing.
Victoria - Electronic referral is taking off
The number of electronic referrals (e-referrals) sent and received between Victorian health and human services agencies nearly doubled in 2006-07. Additionally, the number of health and human services agencies able to send and receive e-referrals nearly doubled.
This category last updated: 27 March 2013
HealthSMART: Victoria's Whole-of-Health ICT Strategy
- Department of Health. "This site provides information about HealthSMART, Victoria's whole-of-health information and communication technology (ICT) strategy. HealthSMART is a seven-year $360 million strategy to modernise and replace ICT systems throughout the Victorian Public Healthcare Sector. The ICT improvements provide healthcare agencies with the tools required to meet the growing healthcare demands expected in the future..."
Coalition's $18 million Broadband program supports patients with cystic fibrosis
- Media Release, From the Minister for Technology, Wednesday, 27 March 2013. "Technology Minister Gordon Rich-Phillips today officially launched the Regional Cystic Fibrosis e-Health & Telemonitoring Program – a new pilot project funded by the Victorian Coalition Government Broadband Enabled Innovation Programand being delivered by Monash University.
The project is designed to remotely monitor patients at home and deliver more services online. It aims to reduce specialist and hospital visits for those living with cystic fibrosis.
Mr Rich-Phillips said the Regional Cystic Fibrosis e-Health & Telemonitoring Program would leverage the high-capacity broadband being rolled out across regional Victoria..."
Inquiry into Effective Decision Making for the Successful Delivery of Significant Infrastructure Projects - CSC - Melbourne , 22 August 2012 - in pdf format (89kb)
- (This document requires the use of Adobe Acrobat Reader). Parliament of Victoria - Public Accounts and Estimates Committee. Verified Version. Witnesses Mr J. Rice, Managing Director (affirmed), and Mr G. White, Operations Director (affirmed), CSC Australia. "... My name is James Rice; I am the managing director of the Healthcare Group of CSC. It is an Asia-Pacific role that covers Australia, obviously, and therefore Victoria. I have held that role since June 2010, prior to which I was the country manager for New Zealand and prior to that a sales director for a previous company. I will give the corporate history in a minute. My colleague, Gary White, is my operations director, but like myself he has held a range of roles within the organisation.
The organisation itself, CSC, is new for us. CSC acquired the business of iSOFT in August last year. The business of iSOFT was the original contracting party with the HealthSMART program. That was two managing directors ago. I was also the managing director of iSOFT before CSC acquired us, so it was not my predecessor but the one before, Nigel Lutton, who signed the contract for the HealthSMART program work back in 2005. Gary White has been an employee of CSC and prior to that iSOFT for many years. His first introduction into the Australian part of the business was in 2008, and his role was specifically to come and be the project director for the HealthSMART project, which was three years into the five-year agreement that we signed in 2005. Subsequent to that, Gary has been promoted to the role of operations director for the health-care business....
My own personal dealings with the health department of Victoria I found to be a satisfactory engagement. I have not encountered any individuals who have appeared to be doing anything wrong or representing the government in a negative way. More recently we have been quite frustrated. You are probably aware that the HealthSMART agreement was for an initial period of five years. We signed a subsequent five-year contract a year and a bit ago now and we are yet to execute any services under that contract, other than the provision of support, which is a feature of the previous agreement. We have not been engaged to deliver any further professional services—in other words, implement more hospitals—which was certainly the spirit of the agreement we signed. There is a degree of frustration from our side that we were resourced up and prepared to do some work that has not actually eventuated..."
Scattered authority doomed HealthSMART
- By John Hilvert. IT News, September 25, 2012. "Public sector probity rules under fire. The Victorian Government's $360 million whole-of-health IT modernisation was scuttled by a complex three-way delivery arrangement that devolved project responsibility, according to a pair of former iSOFT executives.
Appearing before the Victorian Parliament’s Public Accounts and Estimates Committee back in August, James Rice and Gary White — both now with CSC, after its buyout of iSOFT last year — revealed their thoughts on Victoria's HealthSMART initiative.
The official transcript of their appearance before the committee was released last week..."
Victoria takes e-health national
- A Victorian government-funded electronic health service will be offered to every Australian with a chronic illness, by Byron Connolly. CIO, 21 August, 2012. "A Victorian government-funded electronic health service will be offered to people with chronic illnesses across Australia, following the announcement that 10,000 patients had signed up for the service.
Victorian health minister David Davis announced that the Collaborative Care Cluster Australia (CCCA) is now a national program that 'empowers patients to work collaboratively with their GPs, specialists, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals to manage their own health issues using a new online capability.'.."
Victorian smart technology to help patients with Parkinson's disease
- From the Minister for Technology, Media Release, Wednesday, 30 May 2012. "A Victorian technology company has attracted international attention and $3.5 million in financial backing after working with local doctors to develop a smart sensor that will help people with Parkinson's disease.
Minister for Technology Gordon Rich-Phillips said Global Kinetics Corporation (GKC) used a $250,000 voucher from the Victorian Government, designed to encourage the uptake of small technologies, to develop commercial prototypes of a wrist-worn sensor and reporting system..."
Victoria dumps HealthSMART e-health project
- Written by Renai LeMay. Delimiter, Monday, May 21, 2012. "The Victorian State Government has reportedly decided to walk away from its troubled central electronic health project HealthSMART, which has reached only a limited number of its goals over the past decade since it was initiated, despite soaking up several hundred million dollars worth of government funding..."
Victoria kills HealthSMART IT project
- By Ry Crozier. IT News, May 18, 2012. "No more money after June 30.
The Victorian Government has abandoned its statewide HealthSMART IT project, reportedly citing a cost overrun of at least $140 million.
A spokeswoman for Health Minister David Davis' office told iTnews that funding for the project would conclude on June 30 this year.
Four lead agencies - Eastern Health, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Austin Health and Peninsula Health - will continue using HealthSMART, after adopting the system almost a year ago..."
Vic scraps HealthSMART system
- By AAP, and Luke Hopewell, ZDNet Australia, May 18, 2012. "The Victorian Government has made the decision to scrap its HealthSMART system, which was years overdue and had run hundreds of millions of dollars over budget.
HealthSMART was launched in 2003 and had been designed to run as a single electronic foundation for the state's public health service. The single platform would combine a finance system, as well as patient-management and clinical-applications services.
However, Health Minister David Davis today confirmed that the government had scrapped the continuation of the roll-out of HealthSMART, with the government to now work on a hospital-by-hospital basis, to set up individualised systems..."
Victoria seeks ehealth cash
- by Charles Wright. eHealth Central, August 8, 2011. "Given the way government funding works in this country, you'd expect the Victorian government's response to the request for public comment on the PCEHR’s draft concept of operations to explain in great detail why the federal government should give it a lot more money – and of course it does just that – but it nevertheless provides a compelling insight into the sheer enormity of Australia's ehealth challenge..."
Submission by the Victorian government on the PCEHR Draft Concept of Operations - in pdf format (988kb)
- (This document requires the use of Adobe Acrobat Reader). Relating to the introduction of a PCEHR system, by the Minister for Health, June 2011. "... The Victorian Government has provided in principle support for the introduction of Health identifiers. Similar initiatives are being pursued in most major health systems throughout the world and implementation requires a collaborative approach and recognition of the demands that adoption will place on the health system, not just in technology sense (as significant as that is) but in change management across the entire workforce and the introduction of new models of consumer interaction with the system.
However, the Victorian Government maintains that further consideration of the PCEHR requires the development of an agreed national business case endorsed by all Australian Governments. Once the business case has been agreed, COAG needs to consider the funding implications of the rollout of PCEHR and e-health more generally, including the Commonwealth's contribution to cost impacts on existing state government systems which will need to be integrated. We consider that this is critical given the importance of e-Health to the national health reform agenda..."
AMA calls for $328m Victorian e-health initiative
- Medical associations calls for HealthSMART to be replaced with iPads, improved medical interfaces, by James Hutchinson. Computerworld, 27 April, 2011. "The Victorian branch of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) has called for more than $18 million in funding over four years from the state government to roll out iPads and supporting infrastructure to doctors. The grant comes as part of $328 million in funding the association has pushed from the Victorian Government across the 2011-2012 financial year and three-year forward estimates as a means of replacing the scrapped HealthSMART initiative and improving patient safety through ICT infrastructure..."
Last rites for health IT system
- by Kate Hagan. The Age, February 21, 2011. "HEALTH Department staff fear Victoria's $360 million health technology program is being shut down after being told that no contracts will be renewed for people working on it. The news delivered to staff late last week follows an admission last month by Health Minister David Davis that he was considering abandoning the HealthSMART program, which is five years late and $35 million over budget..."
National e-health identifier hazardous, says state agency
- by Karen Dearne. The Australian, February 15, 2011. "Victoria's e-health adoption arm has warned that the $90 million-plus national Healthcare Identifier service is too dangerous to use on its own. The state's HealthSmart Design Authority says the 16-digit Individual Healthcare Identifier Medicare issued in June to every Australian must only be used in conjunction with an existing Unit Record Number..."
IHI Pre-Implementation Project: Best Practice Guide for Adopting Individual Healthcare Identifiers in Victoria - in pdf format (911kb)
- (This document requires the use of Adobe Acrobat Reader). HealthSMART Design Authority / Victorian Government - Department of Health, 2011. "The purpose of this document is to provide a Best Practice Guide for Victorian health services in the adoption, use and management of the Individual Healthcare Identifier (IHI) as defined by the National HI Service, This document seeks to provide guidance in regard to: Principles, Business Requirements and Recommendations; IHI Pre-Implementation, Adoption and Change Management approaches; IHI Use Case Functions; IHI Exception management; Policies and Procedures... The scope of this document is to provide guidance in relation to implementation of the Individual HealthCare Identifier (IHI) into the health service setting, with specific focus on HealthSMART health services in Victoria... The HealthSMART initiative being undertaken by Department of Health Victoria is the program implementing Victoria's information and communication technology (ICT) strategy to modernise and replace ICT systems throughout the Victorian Public Healthcare Sector (VPHS). The HealthSMART program is responsible for managing processes to select applications, configuring these applications to reflect statewide requirements (statewide footprint) and then implementing these applications into participating agencies using the statewide footprint as a base. HealthSMART is nearing the end of its original work program. The IHI reference design will be incorporated into the HealthSMART Solution Architecture, and used as a checkpoint against current and future solutions that are incorporated into the HealthSMART solution design..."