Healthscope extends iSoft contract

Australian private hospital provider Healthscope will continue its roll-out of IBA Health Group’s iSOFT software at 38 of its hospitals, IBA Health Group announced.

The agreement, worth $4.2 million over three years, is in addition to a $14 million, seven year agreement announced between the two companies in December 2007.

The $14 million deal saw IBA provide Healthscope’s medical and surgical hospitals with a company-wide licence for IBA’s iSOFT hospital information solutions and an ongoing support and services facility.

Since the December 2007 announcement, IBA Health Group has successfully piloted implementations of iSOFT web-based patient administration solution at two Healthscope hospitals.

The latest agreement will see implementation of the software carried out at Healthscope’s remaining hospitals including Knox Private Hospital in Victoria, Allamanda Private Hospital in Queensland and Mount Hospital in Western Australia.

Healthscope chief information officer Dougall McBurnie said the initial iSOFT software implementation at two of its hospitals had been a success, leading to the roll-out at all of its Australian hospitals.

“Given the marked improvements in feature and function from iSOFT’s web-based patient administration solution experienced at the two pilot installations, we have elected to roll-out the solution to all of our hospitals,” he said.

“[This will] standardise our data sets, configurations and business processes.”

Mr McBurnie said implementation services covered under the new agreement include project management, software installation, system configuration, training and migrating medical records and data from a range of legacy systems.

“The ease of implementation of a common group-wide solution and smooth transition to a modern solution with minimal disruption for staff is a huge bonus,” he said.

Both agreements will allow Healthscope to standardise its core patient and clinical management systems on iSOFT, reducing the cost of managing multiple business systems in individual hospitals and clinics, IBA Health said.

It is also expected to reduce the overhead of delivering health information to health professionals operating in a national network of hospitals and clinics.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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