Size of IS shop: 246
Mobile PCs: 500
Hand-held devices: 50
Total screens: 2510
Industry: Government and defence
PC environment: IBM, Windows XP
Server environment: IBM, Sun, VM, Windows 2003, AIX, Linux
DBMS: Lotus, Oracle, SQL, DB2, Sybase, AccessIndustry:
Address: 133 Molesworth Street, Wellington
Key IS projects this year: GP2GP — Patient Notes Transfer Project; Recipient Provider Identity; PRIMHD — Programme for the Integration of Mental Health Data.
In mid-2009, the Ministerial Review Group on Health reported on improving public health services. This has led to significant organisational changes within the Ministry of Health.
A new National Health Board will consolidate national planning and funding of all IT, workforce planning and capital investment. Technology resources are now located in the National Health Board Business Unit, within the Ministry of Health.
A further change is the direction by the Minister for the Health Information Strategy Advisory Committee to become the National Health IT Board. Its vision is to achieve high-quality health care and improve patient safety. By 2014, New Zealanders will have a core set of personal health information available electronically to them and their treatment providers regardless of the setting as they access health services. To achieve this vision, the National Health IT Board, with sector consultation and the Ministry, is developing a National Health IT Plan. The National Health IT Board is chaired by Murray Milner following Graeme Osborne’s departure from his role as chair to advance the National Health IT Plan. Deputy director general Alan Hesketh’s responsibilities have been picked up by David Miller on an acting basis following Hesketh’s move to Australia.
In March this year, a consultation process began on a proposal for creating a separate Information Strategy and Information Delivery and Operations Groups. As well, the Ministry will continue to manage, deliver and support national systems such as online pharmacy claiming, national bookings reporting systems and the programme for the integration of mental health data.
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