Size of IS shop: 130
Mobile PCs: 200
Hand-held devices: NA
Total screens: 2700
Industry: Health and community services
PC environment: HP; Wyse; Windows 95, 98, 2000, NT, XP
Server environment: HP; AIX; Netware; VMS (Digital); Windows 2000, 2003, NT
DBMS: Access, Filemaker Pro, Informix, Oracle, Paradox, SQL, Sybase
Address: Ewart Hospital, Coromandel Street, Wellington
Key IS projects this year: Not disclosed.
HealthIntelligence (HIQ), is a “vehicle for Taranaki DHB to optimise resources, expertise and experience, and to control the costs of information technology, infrastructure and systems”, and has moved away from its five-year joint venture with the Capital and Coast DHB. The HIQ website states that the Taranaki DHB established HIQ to provide shared information, communication and technology services to the organisation. Due to changing business needs, the two health boards chose to part ways and instead focus on the IT needs of their own DHBs.
“There is a need to contain costs and to make the most effective and efficient use of limited resources across the DHB and the wider health sector. This is a key focus of HIQ going into the next financial year,” says transition manager Darrin Hackett.
In January, HIQ launched its new-look Drupal website, which was developed in-house. “We had been working with Drupal for a short period, using it on our test servers to understand it, and felt that we were at a point where we could confidently use it in production. Drupal has a large user community, is ranked highly amongst the current crop of CMS, it is a mature product and it is free — that is tough to beat,” explains Hackett.
Following the dissolution of the merger, HIQ has successfully completed several other projects, including implementation of a new bar-coded system in TDHB Stores, an IT system for school dental therapists, a medicines reconciliation project, the introduction of electronic viewing stations to replace traditional x-ray films and a wireless upgrade in Hawera and Taranaki Base hospitals, to name just a few. Going forward, the team will focus on a referral management project in collaboration with ACC.