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SA Health choose to avoid obsolete technology

27 September 2011 - 6:22pm

Royal Adelaide Hospital will not purchase its technology infrastructure until it is closer to its scheduled 2016 launch, with IT News reporting that the South Australian Health Department has made the decision in order to avoid having out-of-date systems by the time it is ready to open.

SA Health project director tells IT News: "We have designed the hospital to be as flexible as possible ... because hospitals take so long to be built.

"We want to make sure that we only procure [equipment] at the last possible date, so that we can ensure that we don’t have equipment that is out-of-date by the time it is installed."

The new Royal Adelaide Hospital is in development under a public private partnership and aims to be the most technologically advanced facility of its kind once open for business.

Private health cover patients in the region will be able to take advantage of the 800 planned beds, along with services encompassing surgery, mental health and emergency care.

The hospital will feature e-health databases that are integrated with a meal booking system - which ensures that patients are not given food which poses a threat to their health.