InterSystems Australia will soon begin a clinical systems overhaul of the Northern Territory's core clinical systems under a government program. The goal: to create a single digital medical record. The estimated cost: $259 million.
InterSystems vied for the contract with three other bidders – Telstra Health, Epic Systems and Allscripts.
The five-year core clinical systems renewal program (CCSRP) will lead to the replacement of four obsolete critical clinical systems.
"This is a major investment delivering a single digital medical record for all Territorians. It enables our nurses and doctors to focus on treating patients and delivers the high quality health services that Territorians want and deserve," Health Minister Natasha Fyles said.
“It will save time, provide better services and improve the health of territorians.”
InterSystems, which has worked in Australia for over 25 years, is a known entity in NT Health. In the past, the company has provided NT Health with a pathology system called TrakCare Lab and its Ensemble integration platform.
InterSystems, headquartered in Massachusetts in the United States is a major global supplier of clinical systems and along with its local integration partner Dialog Information Technology, will provide the integration piece of the project.
Once implemented, the InterSystems technology is expected to enable patients and clinicians to better engage with one another and allow patients to have better access to their healthcare information.
Interoperability among health systems and data exchange are also key components of the project.
InterSystems has proven to be a favoured global vendor for both its result and price, according to a May 2017 report from research firm KLAS.
“InterSystems appealed to buyers with their ‘all-in cost’ that is lower than either Epic or Cerner,” the KLAS authors wrote.
InterSystems’ strong 2016 sales across Europe, Asia and the Middle East included new contracts with several multi-hospital organisations in the UK and China.
InterSystems scored 56 new hospital wins in 2016, while Epic gained 31. However, Epic had a higher number of total beds contracted (8190) than InterSystems (5834).