Size of IS shop: 29
Mobile PCs: 196
Hand-held devices: 120
Total screens: 1898
Industry: Health and community services
PC environment: Windows XP, Vista, 7; Advantage
Server environment: Windows 2008, HP
DBMS: SQL, Oracle
Address: Ruahine Street, Palmerston North
Key IS projects this year: Implement Clinical Workstation; Regional PACS archive; hardware upgrades for PBX (towards unified communications).
For the MidCentral District Health Board, ICT is used as an enabler of improved clinical and administrative processes; primary and secondary health integration; and regional clinical services, to support the operational goals of the DHB, the Central Region Information Systems plan and the National Health IT plan.
To this end, major 2011 projects will include implementation of a clinical workstation; deployment of a regional PACS archive; and hardware upgrades for the DHB’s PBX system to enable unified communications functionality.
ICT budgets and projects are up on last year and as a result IT staff numbers, currently around 29, are expected to grow by up to five percent. As the economy gathers strength, there are once again challenges around recruiting and retaining skilled staff.
To support patients and their families, a service on the DHB website allows a person to send an email message to a MidCentral Health patient staying at Palmerston North Hospital or Horowhenua Health. Attachments can be included as well. Messages are processed and forwarded to the appropriate ward, service or department usually by the next morning.
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