Queensland audit brings in new broom to sweep away problem IT projects

There is nothing like an IT project disaster to spur the arrival of a new broom designed to ensure that it will never happen again.
 
Until next time.
 
According to the Queensland Courier-Mail in Australia, every computer system used across Queensland’s public service will be probed for flaws and inefficiencies under a A$5.2m audit set up to head off another costly IT project.
 
It follows the emergence of problems with a Queensland Health health payroll project which is now being audited after it was revealed that the costs required to put the project right would increase to over $400 million.
 
Newly appointed Queensland IT Minister Ros Bates ordered the audit to uncover how IT is being used across the government’s 19 departments and find where savings can be made.
 
The audit team, which comprises a seconded army of 32 public servants, will present its findings by the end of October.
 
In addition to the audit, as part of a push to achieve government IT efficiencies, departmental chief information officers have been stripped of their autonomy and will now report to the Queensland Government CIO.
 
Meanwhile, despite its payroll project problems, Queensland Health has won an excellence in eGovernment award for a project dubbed ‘The Viewer’ that has streamlined how clinicians access patient information about their patients.
 
The Viewer is a read-only web-based application that sources key patient information from existing Queensland Health systems, providing consolidated information in one place.
 
Before the project’s  implementation, patient data was stored in a range of paper and electronic record systems in over 260 different facilities.
 
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