EPAS three years overdue and $240 million overbudget

The Weatherill Government’s failed hospital patient record computer system (EPAS) is now three years - 1095 days - behind schedule and is at least $240 million over-budget.

When EPAS was first approved it was scheduled to cost just $220 million – it has already cost $460 million and the figure is rising.

EPAs was meant to have operational in more than 60 hospitals by 30 June 2014.

Today it is operational in just 4 hospitals.

Another $30 million was spent on the project over the last financial year yet it was not rolled out at even one more hospital.

SA Health says it is going to roll EPAS out to two hospitals this year, including the risky partial rollout at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital.

The Weatherill Government says it will only use part of EPAS at the nRAH when it opens.

“It’s time for Health Minister Jack Snelling to reveal exactly what EPAS functions won’t be working when the new Royal Adelaide Hospital opens and where paper patient records will be stored in the meantime,” said Shadow Minister for Health Stephen Wade.

“nRAH staff face the double whammy of having to learn how to use a complicated electronic record system while adjusting to an unfamiliar work environment, and then completing the rollout sometime in the future.”