Blood Authority CIO moves to ACT Health

The CIO of the National Blood Authority, Peter O'Halloran, is moving on to take up the reins as CIO of ACT Health, ITnews is reporting.

Mr O'Halloran is best known for overseeing the development and roll out of the BloodNet online blood ordering and inventory management system, which was which first began as a web portal in 2010.

BloodNet has since been integrated with a number of laboratory information systems and won the government category at the iAwards last year. LIS vendor InterSystems is the latest to sign up to integrate the system.

ACT Health manages the 672-bed Canberra Hospital along with a range of community, mental health and aged care services. There is also the public Calvary Hospital, managed on ACT Health's behalf by the Little Company of Mary Health Care, which also runs Calvary Private.

The ACT is now building a new sub-acute facility on the University of Canberra campus. Construction of the $139 million, 140-bed University of Canberra Public Hospital began earlier this year and will be complete in 2018.

Recent spending on ICT by ACT Health has generally been for infrastructure works under the $1 billion Health Infrastructure Program (HIP), the territory's capital works project.

Some money was put forward in this year's ACT budget towards improving the IT network at Calvary Hospital, improving the Drugs and Poisons Information System (DAPIS) system and upgrading the ACT Notifiable Diseases Database.

There is also some money still rolling over from the $90m E-Healthy Future package first announced back in the 2009-2010 budget.

Posted in Movers and shakers

Tags: BloodNet, ACT Health, Peter O'Halloran

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