The digital transformation of the NSW healthcare system has received a stunning boost in the State Budget with a $536 million funding injection announced by the NSW Government.
An injection of $236 million over seven years, including $18.7 million in 2017-18, to the roll out of the eMeds electronic medication management system across NSW will reduce medication errors, the NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said.
“Notes might be illegible, errors can be made transcribing medication charts or charts can be lost, but this technology helps ensure patients get the right medication at the right time,” Hazzard said.
The eMeds system operates at 13 healthcare facilities and the funding windfall will see the technology introduced to another 120 NSW facilities.
The investment in ICT infrastructure also includes $286.3 million over nine years – $16.4 million in 2017-18 – in the Whole of System Digital Platform to "enhance the digital infrastructure that supports clinical and other health-related systems across the state."
Another $14 million was announced for the HealtheNet Pathology Results Repository to provide clinicians with access to public hospital pathology results.
In addition to the $536 million contribution, $39.5 million in 2017-18 will go towards ongoing ehealth integration, including the implementation of the Corporate Systems 2B, and the upgrade and integration of NSW Ambulance systems.
The investment is in support of the NSW Government's ten-year ehealth strategy released last year.