Telstra wins National Cancer Screening Register contract

Five-year contract to establish and operate the National Cancer Screening Register

Telstra Health has won a five-year contract with the Department of Health that will see the healthcare wing of Australia’s largest telco establish and operate the National Cancer Screening Register.

“The register will deliver a single database with one record per patient,” Telstra group executive international and new businesses, Cynthia Whelan, said in a statement.

“People will be able to access their records online and with patient consent general practitioners and medical specialists will have access to patient data and records from any state or territory from their clinical desktops,” Whelan said.

The contract is worth $220 million.

The federal government earmarked funding for the system in the 2015-16 budget, with the aim of establishing the register by May 2017.

“Currently there are eight separate state and territory cervical screening registers and an outdated, paper-based, bowel screening register which has created a fragmented system,” health minister Sussan Ley said last year when the government announced the project.

“With recent investments in cancer prevention and detection, it is essential that we have a consistent and contemporary register that supports the enhanced screening programs.”

The contract win “demonstrates the Telstra Health strategy in action, creating a brand new solution to make healthcare easier by integrating capabilities from across our acquired businesses including Emerging, Dr Foster, Argus and HealthConnex as well as industry partners,” Whelan said.

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