Size of IS shop: 115
Mobile PCs: 400
Hand-held devices: 80
Total screens: 6410
Industry: Health and community services
PC environment: HP, Windows XP
Server environment: HP; Windows 2003, 2008; Unix; Linux
DBMS: Oracle, SQL
Address: Building 10, Greenlane Clinical Centre, Greenlane, Auckland
Key IS projects this year: Regional electronic referrals and shared care plans. Extension of regional diagnostics and documents repositories. Increase resilience of core infrastructure; server consolidation, virtualisation and shared storage; increased use of shared services for DHBs at national and regional level; enterprise content management; replacement of clinical records scanning solution; implementation of clinical messaging solution to exchange documents between primary and secondary care.
“Information technology plays an ever-increasing role in the planning, funding and delivery of health care services,” says Johan Vendrig, CIO of the Auckland District Health Board (DHB). “The health industry is trying to deliver better, timely and more convenient healthcare services, while living within our means.”
The ICT budget is expected to remain unchanged for the Auckland DHB, and any price increases on support contracts will have to be funded from savings in other areas. “If pricing goes up, we will buy less services to stay in budget,” clarifies Vendrig. Due to limited availability of capital funds, the Auckland DHB will focus on IT projects of the highest level of priority only in 2010. “It is likely that the health sector, including Auckland DHB, will move to an increased use of shared services at both a national and a regional level,” he says.
The plans for 2010, include replacement of the core (scanned) clinical records system, roll-out of a number of regionally shared information systems including shared clinical documents, electronic sending of outpatient letters, shared care plans and community pharmacy dispensing information. “Furthermore,” says Vendrig. “We expect some investment in enterprise content management, a Northern Region DHB telecommunications and data tender and ongoing work on virtualisation and disaster recovery projects initiated last year.”
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