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SA Health selects Objective to support services delivered to the community

  • 22 July, 2008 12:47

<p>Continuing on from Objective Corporation’s (ASX:OCL) recent success in South Australia with the Shared Services SA contract, today it announces a new contract with the South Australian Department of Health (SA Health).</p>
<p>Objective will deliver an enterprise-wide electronic document and records management solution (EDRMS) to underpin SA Health’s key business processes, improve business efficiencies and assist with legislative compliance.</p>
<p>The SA Health is committed to protecting and improving the health of all South Australians by providing leadership in health reform, policy development and planning.</p>
<p>John O’Connor, Executive Director Finance and Administration, SA Health said: “Objective Corporation has been selected from the Across Government EDRMS Panel after a rigorous evaluation process. It was determined that Objective’s electronic content management solution offered the greatest capacity to meet the SA Health’s current and future needs for records and document management.”</p>
<p>Over 20 key stakeholders from SA Health have been part of the evaluation process, to ensure complete buy-in from all parts of the business. These future users were chosen for their capability and capacity to influence and drive positive change in the organisation.
After successful demonstrations and user testing, Objective was selected because the evaluation team recognised it as a flexible solution that could easily be adopted by a range of employees from central administration office personnel through to health care professionals.</p>
<p>“Objective’s technology infrastructure is a great fit for the Health Portfolio’s environment, as it can be accessed easily by a small number of users stationed at a larger number of physical locations,” said Mr O’Connor</p>
<p>The user interface is familiar to existing applications such as Windows Explorer. It makes use of visual aids to differentiate object status within the system and an array of personal productivity tools which will enable people to use and adapt to the system quickly.</p>
<p>Once the initial phase of implementing the new records management system is complete, SA Health will work closely with Objective Corporation to bring best practice information management to the department.</p>
<p>SA Health needed to replace an incumbent records system that was being used to manage all hardcopy records. With an unknown number of local systems and approximately 25 active databases, all with different setups, it was time intensive and costly for staff to access important information on a regular basis.</p>
<p>Objective will provide a single source of the truth and serve as a single repository for all documents and records, therefore streamlining operational efficiencies, lowering operating costs and improving services to the wider community.</p>
<p>SA Health has distinct security and operational requirements such as the need for industry specific thesauri for use across the Portfolio. The Objective solution is flexible and easily supports this business critical need by offering multiple thesauri options.
Objective’s security model will enable the SA Health to effectively deal with high security information management needs, such as the maintaining of sensitive pregnancy outcome and communicable disease data.</p>
<p>Objective meets SA Health’s immediate short term records management requirements, whilst providing a foundation for a long term secure ECM solution to serve their future business needs.</p>
<p>The project will be rolled out across the Portfolio in multiple stages.</p>
<p>The first phase of the project will deliver:</p>
<p>• The implementation of department-wide policies, procedures and business rules for the management of physical records.</p>
<p>• The creation of a single records management database.</p>
<p>• The rollout of Objective to administrative staff within the department, who have responsibility for some aspect of the management of physical records.</p>
<p>Later phases of the project will involve the roll-out of physical records management capabilities to the wider Portfolio and the deployment of electronic document management capability to SA Health and Portfolio.</p>
<p>Phase’s two and three will roll-out Objective to 800 staff in the central office and then to the remainder of SA Health’s staff
state-wide. -ends-</p>

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