SA Health Cites Allscripts Success with International Healthcare Organizations
CHICAGO and ADELAIDE, Australia, Nov. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- SA Health, the public health system of South Australia, today named Allscripts as the Vendor of Choice (VOC) for a strategic initiative to improve patient care, satisfaction and clinical workflow across its network of hospitals and health clinics. SA Health plans to deploy the Sunrise Enterprise™ 5.5 suite of advanced clinical, access management and financial solutions.
SA Health's 80 metropolitan and rural hospitals and numerous health clinics serve a population of 1.6 million in an area approximately 40 percent larger than Texas. The selection of Allscripts as VOC is part of the Government of South Australia's $300 million (AUD) initiative to implement an integrated Electronic Health Record (EHR) that will improve patient safety and the health system's efficiency by providing a single, secure, electronic patient record across all SA Health facilities.
Allscripts has been selected to provide the project's central hub, called the Enterprise Patient Administration System (EPAS), which will give healthcare professionals timely, secure access to a patient's vital information wherever and whenever they need it.
"We selected Allscripts to implement the foundation for South Australia's e-health record system because of their excellent track record delivering health information solutions for organizations around the world, including the Asia Pacific region," said SA Health's Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paddy Phillips. "Sunrise from Allscripts will help us improve clinical safety and efficiency by providing a single patient record across all of our facilities, as well as integrating all administrative, financial and clinical information for a standardized approach to care across all our health services."
Allscripts Chief Executive Officer Glen Tullman commented, "SA Health's decision to automate and connect over 80 hospitals demonstrates its commitment to provide world class health care to the people of South Australia. We look forward to finalizing this agreement, which will be one of Allscripts largest to date, and moving to rapid deployment."
An interdisciplinary team of SA Health physicians, nurses and senior management selected Allscripts as VOC after an exhaustive and highly competitive analysis of available health information technology solutions. The agreement between SA Health and Allscripts is subject to contract negotiations and final approval expected during the first half of 2011. Implementation is expected to begin in the second half of 2011.
The Sunrise Enterprise suite helps healthcare organizations save time, costs and lives by supporting best practices across the enterprise and the continuum of care on a single, integrated technology platform. As a result, the many individuals involved in a patient's care can share information seamlessly. Using integrated Sunrise solutions, information handoffs between providers, departments, shifts and facilities can be completed efficiently and accurately.
Along with the Sunrise Enterprise suite's advanced capabilities, SA Health also saw significant advantages in the Helios by Allscripts™ open architecture platform. Helios enables any healthcare organization to quickly and easily extend and integrate Allscripts solutions to communicate with other clinical, non-clinical and legacy information systems.
The Allscripts Sunrise Enterprise suite will replace more than 30 obsolete information systems and databases across SA Health.
About SA Health
SA Health consists of the South Australian Department of Health, Adelaide Health Service, Children, Youth and Women's Health Service, Country Health SA, and SA Ambulance Service. SA Health is committed to protecting and improving the health of all South Australians by providing leadership in health reform, public health services, health and medical research, policy development and planning, with an increased focus on well being, illness prevention, early intervention and quality care.
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