Cerner wins NSW electronic medications management tender

EMR giant Cerner has won the statewide tender to provide its electronic medications management system to the majority of NSW hospitals.

While the value of the contract was not disclosed, the NSW government allocated $170 million in the 2011 state budget for the 10-year statewide EMM program, which is aimed at improving medication safety from supply through to prescribing and administration.

Cerner will implement its EMM system in all hospitals using its EMR, which NSW Health says will enable the roll-out of EMR and EMM across Local Health Districts (LHD) without further procurement.

“The Cerner EMM/EMR combination provides for a digitised hospital environment and more sites will be able to progress to this level of maturity over time,” according to a NSW Health statement.

Those LHDs and networks that do not use a Cerner EMR – such as Hunter New England and the Justice and Forensic Mental Health Network, which both use an Orion Health system – are able to choose another EMM vendor partner.

eHealth NSW CEO/CIO Michael Walsh said the appointment was made following a rigorous tender process and extensive consultation with clinicians and health agencies.

“Today’s announcement is another building block in delivering cutting edge patient-centred care,” Mr Walsh said. “The continued use of new technologies in hospital settings will result in sustainable improvements in patient care so that NSW retains its place at the forefront of healthcare delivery in Australia and internationally.

“The electronic medication management program (EMM) will continue the process of bringing patient records, management and medication delivery online, significantly reducing the risk of medication errors.

“The EMM system will complement our existing electronic medical record (EMR) to form a modern ‘digital hospital’. The EMR allows doctors to order tests, schedule surgery and prepare electronic discharge summaries for patients and covers approximately 80 per cent of our bed base.”

Pulse+IT understands that CSC also made a bid for the tender for its MedChart system, which is used at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney as well as in several hospitals in Victoria and is being rolled out throughout New Zealand.

NSW Health said the choice of Cerner would make contracting and vendor relationships simpler and more coordinated through improved licensing and the increased involvement of NSW clinicians in ongoing product improvement and refinement.

The NSW LHDs have chosen 28 hospitals as priority sites for the initial roll-out of the program.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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