Soft­ware stuff-up

Sunday Mail - - OPINION -

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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