Ferguson retained in Tas, Wade steps up in SA
Tasmania's Health Minister Michael Ferguson has retained his portfolio in the newly re-elected Hodgman Liberal government following the March 3 election, while former shadow spokesman for health in South Australia Stephen Wade has been named as the new Marshall Liberal government's Minister for Health and Wellbeing.
Mr Ferguson, who was sworn in yesterday, faces a serious problem with ambulance ramping at Royal Hobart Hospital and the withdrawal of accreditation from emergency medicine training at Launceston General Hospital.
In opposition, Mr Wade promised to review the roll out of Allscripts' EPAS electronic medical record and stall any further implementations, although the AMA has said it doesn't see the point in a further review but that doctors wanted help to work through the system's issues.
The patient administration element of EPAS has gone live at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital but the clinical modules are not yet in place. One difficulty with halting the roll out is that other systems have been designed to integrate with EPAS and legacy solutions are ageing and no longer supported.
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