THE reluctance of SA Health to participate in the nowstalled State Government plan to outsource its IT systems raises some interesting issues.
Central to these is the fate of the Enterprise Patient Administration System which is an outdated and, ultimately, unworkable records system.
If the outsourcing does proceed, it may well sound the death knell for EPAS. If it doesn’t, SA Health must recognise and accept that this system will never reach full functionality in the RAH, or in any other hospital – and take urgent steps to replace or augment it.
However, the prohibitive extra cost of overlaying this $500 million system with restorative software leaves only one viable, if unpalatable, alternative – total replacement. WARREN JONES
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