The Ministry of Health has this year merged two high profile ICT roles. Graeme Osborne was officially appointed to the role of director, information group in the Ministry of Health’s National Health Board business unit in March of this year, having served in acting capacity since the merger of the information strategy and information delivery operations roles in October 2011.
“IT advances the Ministry’s capability to service the public of New Zealand, deliver new initiatives and provide high quality information for planning, decision-making and service delivery,” says Osborne. “We are working with the sector to ensure New Zealand has a shared care record for patients by 2014.”
IN 2012, ICT focus will be on the completion of key projects, such as enhancements to the Health Identity Programme (formerly the Recipient Provider Index), deployment of a new desktop operating systems, and desktop Office upgrades.
Osborne says “significant internal investments” are planned and include deployments of or enhancements to business intelligence solutions, FMIS, unified communications, cloud computing projects, e-business, mobility technologies, knowledge management, wireless, VoIP and virtualisation. Business continuity and disaster recovery upgrades will continue for the National Health Board and Ministry of Health, as the Christchurch earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 highlighted the need for all health organisations to have their health IT solutions operating from a commercial data centre. The MoH continues to advise DHBs and relevant health organisations of the important of adequate back-up and DR functionality.