Size of IS shop: 30
Mobile PCs: 122
Hand-held devices: 80
Total screens: 1806
Industry: Health and community services
PC environment: Windows 2000, XP; HP
Server environment: Windows, Netware, SUSE, Red Hat, HP
DBMS: Informix, SQL, MySQL
Address: Hutt Hospital, High street, Lower Hutt
Key IS projects this year: Continued migration from Windows 2000 to XP; continued network upgrade; replacement if IBA servers, engagement with Central region DHB systems for shared clinical workstation; patient management and PACs archiving.
The Hutt Valley District Health Board has undergone a restructure since last year, with former CIO Tony Cooke being replaced by Glen Willoughby following a move by Cooke to a role at the Ministry of Health. Willoughby joined the DHB in February this year, and a change to the DHB’s reporting lines sees him reporting to the CFO, rather than the CEO.
“The health sectors of all OECD countries are continuing to come under pressure as the demand for health services increases,” says Willoughby. “In the short to medium term the financial, workforce and other resource constrains will require health organisations to not only operate efficiently, but also to embrace innovative ways and approaches to extract greater value and improved health outcomes for communities and other stakeholders. Providing information solutions that support health service delivery innovation is a key focus for Hutt Valley DHB, in support of local needs and in support of regional and nation initiatives.”
ICT budgets may increase for the DHB by up to 5 percent this year, but the full impact of the GFC on the economy is yet to be understood, says Willoughby: “It is too early to measure this, but as a principle all expenditure in the health sector will need to clearly demonstrate tangible quality and efficiency gains, and that any new projects — small or large — can be delivered successfully.”
An ambitious 2011 ICT project plan prioritises the continued migration from Windows 2000 to XP; an ongoing network upgrade project; replacement of IBA servers; engagement with Central region DHB systems for a shared Clinical Workstation; and Patient Management and PACs archiving.
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