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EPAS set to break Half Billion Barrier

The State Liberals are demanding Health Minister Jack Snelling come clean on the total cost of his botched EPAS project as it is now inevitable that the project cost will exceed $500 million.

Yesterday, the Auditor-General confirmed that the cost of EPAS had blown out to $450 million by the end of last year.

 Originally, it was going to cost $215million.[1]

 “Clearly the ultimate price of EPAS will be a great deal more than the $450 million it has already cost,” said Shadow Minister for Health Stephen Wade.

 “It will cost more than $40 million to roll out EPAS to country hospitals and that figure isn’t included in the $450 million spent to date.”

 The Audit report highlights other cost pressures:

  • the costs of completing the rollout of EPAS to the remaining sites (p12);
  • cost to store paper records off site and transport them to the new RAH (p28);
    • additional cost of purchasing alternative bedside monitors for use as the new hospital (p30);
    • a $152 million reduction in the estimated benefits and savings of EPAS (p11, p13);
    • problems with EPAS’ billing component may cause “inaccurate billing charges to patients or lost revenue to SA Health” (p22).

“It is now inevitable that, under Labor’s mismanagement, a statewide patient record system is going to cost us more than half a billion dollars,” said Mr Wade.

[1] AG Matters of Specific Audit Comment (Dec 2014), pg. 8