Digital transformation of healthcare in WA

Pathology is one of the most important services provided to Western Australians by the public health system, with more than 16 million tests performed annually.  More than 70 per cent of clinical decisions and 100 per cent of cancer diagnoses rely on fast, accurate pathology, and the range of available tests continues to grow.


As part of the digital transformation of healthcare in Western Australia, PathWest is replacing its current laboratory information systems (LIS) and databases with a single, contemporary system. It is one of the most significant improvements to WA’s public pathology services in 30 years.​

A pilot of the new LIS commenced at the end of February 2020 in Bentley and Busselton Hospital laboratories and associated collection centres and we have been pleased with the results so far. We have been carefully monitoring the new system and are encouraged to see how it is performing in real time, in real hospital conditions.

Since the LIS pilot roll-out began however, the world changed dramatically. We are now operating in an unprecedented and rapidly evolving environment due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic - with pathology critical to how the WA health system responds. In the face of this challenge, the remaining LIS roll-out has been deferred. We will continue to work behind the scenes undertaking testing in preparation for the rescheduled implementation later in the year.

Page last updated: 6 Apr 2020