Health ministry seeks payment system

Documents indicate any replacement system is likely to be web-enabled to allow online access for health sector participants

The Ministry of Health is planning to replace its ageing HealthPAC payments system, which processes around 90 million claims per year.

The current claims and payments processes “are manually intensive and involve a number of disparate systems which are ageing and poorly integrated”, a request of information from the Ministry says.

The documents indicate any replacement system is likely to be web-enabled to allow online access for health sector participants.

The document states that initial expressions of interest will be used to “identify whether there are sufficient resource and skills in the market to implement and maintain solutions” and that the ministry “intends to use this information as input into the development of a strategy for the replacement or enhancement of current health payment systems in consultation with the health sector.”

Responses, which are due on June 18, will be used “for the identification of proven and affordable solutions for improving the current health payment processes” and for the “development of an understanding of the features and functions available to support improvements in health payments processes, including: browser-based or online access to sector participants, including funders and providers; secure role-based access control; flexibility to configure claim types and processing rules,” and several other requirements.

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