The Marshall Liberal Government has appointed an independent expert panel to review the state-wide implementation of the Enterprise Patient Administration System.
Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said the panel, led by independent Chair, Shane Solomon, will begin the review next month
“EPAS has been an enormous frustration for many clinicians and a rolling disaster for South Australian taxpayers,” said Minister Wade.
“We need to understand whether the continued rollout of the EPAS is in the best interests of South Australia patients and taxpayers.
“I’m confident the panel has the expertise to deliver that advice.
“Mr Solomon has a long and distinguished career in health management, working on the integration of technology within the healthcare sector for many years.
“The panel will also comprise former Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Baggoley, and health informatics expert Dr Malcolm Thatcher, who together will comprehensively review the EPAS program.
“The scope of the review will include useability, value for money, and the security of the system.
“In addition, it will look at the impact of EPAS on productivity in hospitals, as well as if and how the system can be improved.”
The independent expert panel will be supported by a wider team of experts, clinicians, union representatives and key stakeholders to provide assistance and advice to the panel.
Mr Wade said the review is expected to be completed within five months.
“We want to ensure EPAS assists a patient’s care and improves the patient journey, while integrating with the broader health system.
“We also want to make sure our clinicians have access to the best patient management system that meets their needs.
“Ultimately, we want to identify a path to the optimal medical record and patient management system for South Australia in to the future.”
All sites using EPAS will continue to do so throughout the duration of the review, but the roll out of EPAS to any further sites has been paused until the review is complete.