Size of IS shop: 27
Mobile PCs: 150
Hand-held devices: 80
Total screens: 1730
PC environment: Windows XP, 7
Server environment: HP, Linux, Windows 2003
DBMS: SQL, Informix, Oracle
Address: Corner Clark Street and 20th Avenue, Tauranga
Key IS projects this year: Clinical systems upgrades — Éclair; Healthviews; Sharepoint document management and collaborative workspace (continuation); video conferencing (continuation); Midland Connected Health — regional project; Midland Chronic Condition Management — regional project.
The Bay of Plenty DHB, which delivers health services to more than 200,000 people through its 3200 staff, maintains the majority of its ICT management in-house under the leadership of CIO Owen Wallace. Increasingly, however, a greater level of collaboration with other DHBs will see a number of major systems delivered via shared service arrangements.
Major regional initiatives include the Midland Connected Health project and the Chronic Condition Management project. The former aims to establish a trusted data network for use by any health practitioner across the Midland region, while the latter addresses the information flows and datasets required to support chronic condition management across the spectrum of health care.
In association with 10 other DHBs, the BoP DHB is investigating consolidation of a number of standalone and collaborative FMIS initiatives based on Oracle financials. In addition to regional collaboration, the BoP DHB will be focusing on improving the standard of systems used by its health professionals and a number of upgrades and system introductions are planned over the coming 24 months.
The DHB’s new Tauranga hospital uses an IBM-designed, resilient core network for converged IP services, which includes a medical-grade, Cisco-based network consisting of two core switches in separate locations. Both have been designed to carry the DHB’s full data, image and voice traffic load, eliminating critical risks due to outages. As part of the planned redevelopment at Whakatane Hospital campus, the network on that site will be upgraded in line with the Tauranga hospital design — albeit on a smaller scale.
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