EPAS to be “significantly overhauled or scrapped”: report

A three-person expert review panel looking into problems with SA Health's enterprise patient administration system (EPAS) has decided it cannot continue in its present form, according to a report in the Adelaide Advertiser.

The panel, headed by former Telstra Health MD Shane Solomon, former Commonwealth chief medical officer Chris Baggoley and former Queensland Health CIO Mal Thatcher, was called in to review the system after its roll-out was halted by the newly elected SA government in March.

The Advertiser says that an interim report into the system has concluded that the existing roll-out can't continue in its current form, and that four options will now be explored.

These include continuing with a modified system, rolling the modified system out to the Central and Southern Adelaide LHDs, buying a new PAS to pair it with a new EMR, and scrapping the system altogether and returning to market.

The newspaper quotes SA Health CEO Chris McGowan as saying the panel will now look at options regarding the future of the EPAS roll out.

“The expert panel needs to determine if the issues raised with EPAS can be addressed adequately in order for it to meet the expectations of users in the future,” he said.

The interim review is not publicly available but will be released when the full review is completed in November.

The EPAS roll-out was marked by numerous complaints from clinicians, one of whom memorably described it as a “pig with lipstick”, but according to SA Health CIO Bill Le Blanc in 2016, its problems were slowly being resolved.

EPAS was the centrepiece of a hugely ambitious plan developed by former SA Health CIO David Johnston that also included a new pathology information system and medical imaging platform. The delay in rolling out EPAS has also affected those systems.

EPAS is based on Allscripts Sunrise clinical suite, which has numerous implementations around the world, particularly in the US. Sunrise is being rolled out at Latrobe Regional Hospital for the Gippsland Health Alliance.

Posted in Australian eHealth

Tags: EPAS

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