Senior IS executives: Barry Morris, manager information systems — service delivery
and Brian Woolley, manager information systems — strategy and planning
Address: Ruahine Street, Palmerston North
Website: www.midcentraldhb.govt.nzThe District Health Board works on a model of shared IT management, with Barry Morris, manager information systems —service delivery, and Brian Woolley, manager information systems — strategy and planning, jointly reporting to the general manager planning and support. “ICT is an enabler for improved clinical and administrative processes, primary and secondary health integration, and regional clinical services,” says Morris. As part of the DHB and beyond, “it supports the Central Region Information Systems plan and the National Health IT Plan”. In October last year, MidCentral DHB approved the purchase of Map of Medicine (MoM), a UK-based software system that houses a collection of approximately 300 clinical pathways based on existing evidence and international guidelines. These pathways have been accessible to authorised users via the internet since November 2011, and can be used as a rapidly accessible check of best practice by frontline clinicians and a tool to assist in planning and development of health services across the district, using evidence-based clinical pathways. In 2011 ICT also focused on business continuity and disaster recovery, while 2012 will see projects spanning virtualisation, business intelligence, VoIP and wireless technologies. In terms of dedicated budget and complexity, key projects for the year will include a PBX upgrade, data network upgrades, enhancements to the wireless network and developments within CRISP (the Central Region Information Systems Plan) programme of work.
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