The Canterbury District Health Board is working with an increased ICT budget for 2012, up by some five to 10 per cent. ICT project and staff numbers are expected to rise by similar proportions.
“IT is becoming a critical component of providing excellence in patient care,” says Chris Dever, CIO. “Clinicians are reliant on their ability to access accurate, up-to-date information about their patients electronically. Availability and reliability are therefore our priorities.” IT enables a strong ‘One System’ alignment between hospital, general practice and community care. This newer model of care requires that patient-centred health information is available in many settings, and IT is seen as the solution to these issues.
In December, a pilot phase of the electronic Shared Care Record View (eSCRV) was commenced. The programme has been designed to provide a secure way of sharing key patient information between hospital, primary care, community pharmacy and community health professionals, which will lead to faster, more informed treatment and shorter waiting or treatment times, with better outcomes for patients. A rollout to GP practices is underway, with approximately 15 percent using eSCRV and contributing data. By June 2012, 25 percent of GPs will are expected to be using eSCRV and contributing data. The programme is expected to be fully functional by September, with a 90 percent GP uptake. Other key projects in 2012 include wireless expansion, data protection initiatives, upgrades to Exchange 2010 and Windows 7 and datacentre hosting outsourcing.