“While AHS experienced a few technical issues, some service delays, and some initial frustrations immediately after the launch, we found it had processes, controls and plans in place to launch the first wave of Connect Care,” Wylie said.
“We developed this audit to look at the most common and significant causes of past IT system failures and successes, and to flag potential problems to AHS before it launched Connect Care,” Wylie said. “This could allow us to identify potential problems and add an outside perspective on important parts of the program in advance, rather than after the fact.”
At a cost of $1 billion, Connect Care is a clinical information system that will connect 100,000 users at AHS hospitals, clinics, and the labs and partners that support them. AHS is planning to launch the system in a series of nine waves, between fall 2019 and fall 2022. There are currently no plans to implement Connect Care at primary care networks (PCNs), or other clinics or clinical setting not administered by AHS.
Wylie noted the findings of the audit of the Wave One launch does not guarantee similar results for the future eight waves of implementation, adding he plans to complete future audits on Connect Care, as AHS continues its implementation, and has an opportunity to stabilize its ongoing operations.
The February 2020 Report of the Auditor General on Wave One Implementation of Connect Care Clinical Information System is available at www.oag.ab.ca.
Appointed under Alberta’s Auditor General Act, the Auditor General is the legislated auditor of every provincial ministry, department, and most provincial agencies, boards, commissions, and regulated funds. The audits conducted by the Office of the Auditor General report on how government is managing its responsibilities and the province’s resources. Through our audit reports, we provide independent assurance to the 87 Members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, and the people of Alberta, that public money is spent properly and provides value.
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