The Hutt Valley District Health Board (HVDHB) is responsible for providing government-funded health care and disability support services for more than 141,400 people living in the Hutt Valley. The HVDHB employs 2200 people, and operates the Hutt Hospital.
The DHB uses Websense Web Security Gateway and a Websense V10000 appliance to secure its IS infrastructure. All of the DHBs approximately 1400 PCs require internet access, as the organisation’s intranet is hosted externally. Many of the PCs are considered critical to clinic functions and are permanently connected to the internet via a generic account.
Former information systems operations manager, Kevin Trew, now with the Department of Building and Housing, explained at the time of implementation, “It’s important that any doctor in a clinical area be able to go to a machine and access records without having to wait the twenty or thirty seconds required to log on.”
For a similar reason, little of the internet content viewed on the PCs is cached, to protect clinical data and patient information. The move to Websense originally took place in 2010, as a move away from open source solutions. The solution is integrated with Novell eDirectory to provide authentication services.
Glen Willoughby, CIO of Hutt Valley DHB since February 2011, was unable to provide information on current ICT projects, though an online referrals programme begun at the DHB four years ago is now part of a major Auckland Regional e-Referrals programme.
Willoughby was a featured speaker at the 2012 Technology in Healthcare Summit.