NEHTA Pauses Implementation in Pilot Sites

National E-Health Transition Authority CEO, Mr Peter Fleming has announced that following a detailed internal review and analysis, NEHTA is temporarily pausing implementation of Primary Care desktop software development around its specifications for the eHealth pilot sites.

"Our specifications are subject to rigorous assessment processes and this has highlighted some technical incompatibilities across versions. We have identified problems with the specifications and have made the decision in order to avoid any risks," Mr Fleming said.

The pilot sites were established to test and deploy software and eHealth capability in real world healthcare settings prior to the introduction of the personally controlled electronic health record system. While the pilot site and national infrastructure projects have operated in parallel, neither is a critical dependency for the other project.

This pause will impact work currently being undertaken by The Primary Care eHealth Network Sites (Metro North Brisbane Medicare Local, Inner East Melbourne Medicare Local, Hunter Urban Medicare Local and Accoras (Brisbane South). Greater Western Sydney, St Vincent's, Calvary, Cradle Coast, NT and Mater will be impacted on the primary care elements of their projects. This issue should not impact delivery by Medibank, FredIT and JEHDI.

NEHTA is acting after internal checks detected issues in the latest release of its specifications in November 2011.

"This is about quality control to ensure absolute confidence in the software being used in the eHealth pilot sites. One of the reasons for having these sites was to test software and 'iron out the bugs' prior to the national infrastructure go live," Mr Fleming said.

The changes required to be made to specifications will be completed over coming weeks and are expected to be finalised mid to late March. As the scope of changes is being determined NEHTA is working closely with the sites to verify all activities and target completion dates.

"In large projects of this scale it is not unusual for problems of this type to arise. We are working to manage this situation to ensure the programme is delivered."

"We remain committed to these sites and to progressing the national eHealth programme," Mr Fleming said.

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For more information contact Alison Sweeney Public Affairs Officer 02 8298 2669 / 0414 187 350 or send an email to [email protected].