iSOFT today said it had completed the rollout of new patient management systems in mid-June to Victorian hospitals under Victoria's delayed HealthSMART project begun back in 2003, as financial problems continue to plague the Australian e-health giant.
The overall HealthSMART project was initiated under the Bracks Labor government back in 2003 with a pricetag of $323 million and a due date of 2007. It has since had another $37 million pumped into it, with the due date gradually extending '” several years ago it was slated to be finished in 2009.
The iSOFT implementation reflects one substantial chunk of the project '” other vendors involved include US-based Cerner and InterSystems subsidiary TrakHealth. iSOFT won an open tender for its portion in December 2005.
An iSOFT statement issued today noted its component of the project had seen iSOFT complete 33 major implementations over four years, with 29 of these taking place over the past two years. Seven million patient records were migrated from existing systems, and the entire platform has some 80,000 registered users on 122 hospital sites '” with 15,000 logging in at any one time.
'iSOFT looks forward to continuing working with the Victorian Department of Health in modernising the public healthcare sector and helping it realise the long-term vision for connected healthcare,' said James Rice, Managing Director of iSOFT Australia and New Zealand.