ADF launches eHealth Information System

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Tuesday, 23 September, 2014

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The Australian Defence Force has launched its new eHealth Information System, which is being rolled out across the country.

IT vendor CSC has completed the rollout of the new system in Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia. The rollout is underway in the remaining states and territories and is expected to be competed by the end of the year.

The $133 million system will be designed to allow health professionals at the Joint Health Command to access aggregated health information at point of care.

Each ADF member will be assigned a comprehensive e-health record from enlistment through to retirement, as well as health management information focused on improving healthcare outcomes.

The ADF awarded CSC the contract in 2011. The vendor designed the system in collaboration with partners Egton Medical Information System, Kellogg Brown and Root and PwC Australia.

Speaking at the launch, Assistant Minister for Defence Stuart Robert said there are already 25,000 ADF members with an active e-health record.

“I am pleased to say that early benefits for Defence members are already being realised. For example, healthcare providers are now able to share information simply, ensuring a collective understanding of cases combined with consistent treatment plans,” he said.

“[But] this project is not just about improvements for today. The future benefits are also very exciting, with information analysis and data interrogation metrics delivering Defence the ability to target specific health concerns backed by statistical evidence.”

Pictured: Assistant Minister for Defence Stuart Robert speaking at the launch in Parliament House, Canberra. Photo credit: Lauren Larking, Defence Media.  

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