CSC wins national rollout contract for MedChart in NZ

CSC has won a five-year contract worth $NZ17 million to roll out its medication management solution MedChart to all 20 District Health Boards (DHBs) across the country.

It has also won a second contract, valued at $NZ2.6 million over five years, for the implementation of its ePharmacy solution in New Zealand’s Midland region. CSC will implement a hosted version of its in-hospital dispensing software across six DHBs.

The use of MedChart has been pioneered at Dunedin Hospital in the South Island, and is being rolled out throughout the Southern DHB. The NZ Ministry of Health has set a target of having an electronic medications management (eMM) system in place in every hospital in the country by 2014.

The decision to award the contract to CSC was not unexpected, with NZ National Health IT Board director Graeme Osborne telling Pulse+IT last year that the board had endorsed MedChart as the national standard it was aiming for under its eMedicines program.

“Does that mean that product is going to be rolled out across New Zealand? The answer is that unless there is another product that is endorsed, then yes,” Mr Osborne said at the time.

“We don’t want to have many [different solutions] and in things like medications we would be very happy if there was only one solution. We have to endorse it and it has to be researched … there are a couple of other vendors with products but they don’t have the independent research behind them. That has been what has made us confident around MedChart.”

Sponsored jointly by the National Health IT Board and the Health Quality and Safety Commission, the eMedicines program aims to improve patient health through the use of eMM systems.

“This work supports our clinical colleagues in improving patient safety in the hospital environment,” Mr Osborne said in a statement. “It’s a priority for New Zealanders to have access to a list of their medicines wherever they are in the health journey.

“The agreement lays the foundation for ongoing collaboration with key IT vendors to innovate within the New Zealand health sector.”

CSC’s industry general manager for healthcare in the Asia-Pacific region, James Rice, said the implementation of eMM systems around the world had shown significant improvements in medication safety.

“We are seeing steady increases in public and private hospitals selecting MedChart, a strategic and differentiated offering for us in the healthcare market,” Mr Rice said.

Posted in New Zealand eHealth

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