Size of IS shop: 291
Mobile PCs: 500
Hand-held devices: 50
Total screens: 2400
Industry: Government and defence
PC environment: IBM, Windows XP
Server environment: IBM, Sun, VM, Windows 2003, AIX, Linux
DBMS: Lotus, Oracle, SQL, DB2, Sybase, Access
Address: 133 Molesworth Street, Wellington
Key IS projects this year: Datacentre hosting and transition; Oracle consolidation - Sun server and SAN upgrade; enhance and upgrade the identity management service; implementation of a secure portal platform; establishment of Connected Health capabilities; self-service agreement management platform.
The Ministry of Health supports a number of national systems that take information from the health sector, processes it on behalf of the sector and then feeds financial, clinical, statistical and contracting information back to the sector.
In 2009, key ICT projects include datacentre hosting and transition. Oracle consolidation includes Sun server and SAN upgrades, upgrade of the Identity Management Service, along with implementation of a secure portal platform. Alan Hesketh, deputy-director general, Information Directorate, says the Ministry of Health IT team will also establish Connected Health capabilities.
Last year, he said work would continue on the National Systems Development Programme targeting improvements in five key areas to secure better information and process support for the health system. These include access and integration through updates to the Ministry’s ICT infrastructure, including moving to outsourced telehosting locations and further virtualising hardware infrastructure. As well, it will significantly expand the number of health payment claims that can be made electronically by supporting claims from pharmacies, laboratories and dental care providers. In addition, the systems will be updated to handle improved approaches to contracting for the provision of health services for District Health Boards. Health Statistics and Reporting infrastructure will be updated and used to collect then ‘clean’ data and then allow access to the rich information assets available within the health system.
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