Size of IS shop: 29
Mobile PCs: 181
Hand-held devices: 150
Total screens: 1863
Industry: Health and community services
PC environment: Windows XP, Vista, 7; Advantage Computers
Server environment: HP, Windows 2008
DBMS: SQL, Oracle, Reality X, Pervasive SQL
Address: Ruahine Street, Palmerston North
Key IS projects this year: Implement clinical workstation; regional PACS archive. hardware upgrades for PBX (towards unified communications) ; hardware upgrade for patient management system; electronic referrals.
As both ICT projects and budgets will be reduced this year, IT will be utilised to support the MidCentral District Health Board’s (MDHB) financial goals. It will be an enabler for improved clinical and administrative processes, primary and secondary health integration and the Central Region Clinical Services Plan (RCSP).
The RCSP was initiated by the combined boards of the six Central Region DHBs — Capital & Coast, Hawkes Bay, Hutt Valley, MidCentral, Wairarapa and Whanganui — as a draft plan for the delivery of secondary and tertiary (hospital) health services in the Central Region (lower North Island) over the next 10 to 15 years. Additionally, says Barry Morris, manager information systems — service delivery, MDHB is looking closely at its IT capability and infrastructure in consideration of regional consolidation.
The DHB will focus heavily on implementation of a clinical workstation solution, with the objective to deliver varying sources of clinical information through a consolidated portal view, as well as hardware upgrades for the organisation’s PBX, as a first step towards unified communications. An update of the Disaster Recovery plan has been completed in the past year.
Greater incidences of social networking tools and use of personal ICT equipment have presented security challenges for the DHB, which will be an ongoing focus with Morris and his team throughout 2010. Additionally, the IS team will focus on national and regional health IT strategies and initiatives.
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