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The consultancy contract was awarded to Accenture and the project took place in spring 2015. The details were obtained from the HSE under Freedom of Information (FoI) legislation.
A spokesperson for the Children’s Hospital Group (CHG) said the ICT Business Case is with the HSE and Department of Health. It is “currently being assessed” in the context of the overall hospital business case. “As costs are included in this submission, we are not in a position to provide this figure at this time.
“We can, however, advise that costs associated with the ICT Business Case will be refined on the basis of continuing detailed project planning and actual tender costs. It covers four programmes, technical infrastructure, clinical systems (Electronic Health Record-EHR), satellite centre solutions, and business/corporate solutions.”
According to the CHG, delivery of the overall ICT programme involves a combination of utilising existing already-procured solutions (eg, national patient administration, national lab system, picture archive and communication systems/radiology information system) and the procurement of a national EHR.
“The procurement of the national EHR is planned for 2017 and the new children’s hospital is dependent on this being approved by all necessary functions ahead of this [delivery of ICT programme].”
Meanwhile, figures released through FoI show that €134,000 was paid to MCO Projects for “provision of external support” to assist with the implementation of the NCH “PAN Programme”. The consultancy project took place from May-September 2015.
According to the CHG, the “PAN Programme” was the term used to describe “the overall programme that includes support for the client for the build role for the new children’s hospital, integrating the three children’s hospitals from both a clinical and corporate perspective and the ICT programme.”
The objective and subsequent outcome of this project was “detailed planning across all of these to determine constituent programmes and projects, timelines, resource requirements, and dependencies both within the Children’s Hospital Group and the wider health organisation”.