Size of IS shop: 80
Mobile PCs: 480
Hand-held devices: 303
Total screens: 4765
Industry: Health and community services
PC environment: HP, Windows XP
Server environment: HP; Windows 2003, 2008; Sun; Red Hat
DBMS: Oracle, SQL
Address: Level 4, Princess Margaret Hospital, Cashmere, Christchurch
Key IS projects this year: E-referrals system; Web 2.0 technologies; workforce rostering system; patient management system.
Along with other South Island district health boards this year, the Canterbury District Health Board is participating in a study into the delivery of health services. Among other things, the study considers how to provide and maintain quality clinical networks and a collegial environment for medical staff across the South Island.
For its own part, in the past 12 months, the Canterbury District Health Board has rolled out a significant clinical information system upgrade. Current goals include extending the reach of clinical information systems to the entire organisation.
CIO Chris Dever says the IT team is busy with implementation of a new Workforce Rostering system. Following a slight decrease in IT budgets, projects and staff numbers as a result of the current recession, it is also focused on cost containment and achieving better value for ICT spend whilst maintaining and improving application reliability.
In 2008, Canterbury DHB initiated an ongoing project to identify a single Patient Management System to replace the three originally used by the organisation. Canterbury DHB has also pioneered new communication technologies including the Vocera wireless voice communication system and VoIP systems using Nortel software.
New ICT projects for the current year include work on an e-referrals system and Web 2.0 technologies, the latter to look at the DHB’s web channels and how these can be better leveraged to ensure the timely delivery of healthcare information and communications to patients and staff.
While some systems support is outsourced to Gen-i and network management is currently outsourced to IBM, the Canterbury DHB has shifted much of its IT function in-house.
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