The Department of Health has appointed the Fred IT Group to lead the national real time monitoring system
The appointment follows an open tender for the contract – valued at more than $22,890,000.
The Fred IT Group says that its recent experience in the development of the Victorian real time monitoring system, SafeScript, will be “invaluable” in extending the concept to health professionals in all states and territories.
SafeScript went live early this month in the Western Victoria Primary Health Network, and is expected to roll out across Victoria next year.
“I have seen first-hand the anguish that accidental prescription drug overdose can cause to families who have lost loved ones, and am honoured that Fred can take part in developing eHealth systems to reduce the devastating impact of prescription overdose and misuse throughout the community,” said the Group’s CEO, pharmacist Paul Naismith.
“Fred is committed to making medication management safer and more effective for all Australians, and we applaud the Australian government for taking a national approach to this problem.”
Telstra Health Managing Director Mary Foley also welcomed the announcement.
“A national prescription safety system is a significant development that will save lives,” she said.
“Platforms such as this leverage our rapidly digitising healthcare environment to connect healthcare silos, and will support providers to improve medication safety in the community.”
Fred will design, build and deliver the software system for the National Data Exchange (NDE) component.
This will include working closely with medical and pharmacy software vendors and jurisdictions to provide a consistent user experience for health professionals practicing in different environments and to reflect individual state and territory requirements in the national system.
The system is set to allow pharmacists and doctors to identify patients at risk from drugs of concern.
It will also provide them with accurate and up-to-date clinical data about patients’ prescriptions.
According to an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report, in 2016 there were 1,806 deaths in Australia as a result of prescription medicine overdoses.