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Government's EPAS Review - Terms of Reference


The roll-out of EPAS as an electronic health record system in SA Hospitals has been challenging. While everyone agrees that electronic medical records are a good thing, the EPAS system and its implementation have been the subject of strong criticisms.

The AMA(SA) has provided forthright feedback to government on the issues around EPAS, including information from our EPAS survey last year. Ultimately both major parties agreed to an independent review of EPAS. Now the new government is elected, it is consulting on the terms of reference for that review.

There will be no new deployments of EPAS pending the recommendations of the review. 

New Health Minister Stephen Wade acknowledges that the AMA(SA) called for the independent review as part of our Election Priorities and has specifically requested that we submit our requirements for the external review to meet our members' expectations.

Members can view the terms of reference at the link below. The AMA(SA) seeks members' feedback to help inform our response. Please respond with any comments as soon as possible. We will need comments by 10am Thursday 19 April for our submission. Comments received after this time will still be helpful .

Once the terms of reference are established a public tender will be called for an independent reviewer. If there are any specific issues you foresee around the suspension of the EPAS rollout due to its partial implementation let us know.

The draft terms of reference focus on interrogating the issues around EPAS and whether it is safe and fit for purpose. The AMA(SA) is concerned that the review should not just deliver an interrogation of the problems around EPAS but also address the future. 

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