Senior IS executive: Alan Hesketh, deputy director of information Reports to: Deputy director general of health, corporate and information
Size of IS shop: 180
Mobile PCs: 400
Hand-held devices: 20
Total screens: 2220
Industry: Government and defence
PC environment: Windows XP, IBM
Server environment: IBM; AIX; Sun Solaris; Windows 2000, 2003;
DBMS: Lotus, DB2, Oracle, Sybase, SQL
Address: 133 Molesworth Street, Wellington
Key IS projects this year: National Systems Development Programme
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 feeds fi nancial, clinical, statistical and contracting
information back to the sector.
A number of ICT projects support the national Health Targets.
These include redevelopment of the National Cancer Information Work
Programme to improve the New Zealand Cancer Register;
changes to the National Collections system to improve
the accuracy and currency of health information; and introduction of a
national system to support B4 School checks programme.
Focus will continue to be placed on the National Systems Development
Programme targeting improvements in five key areas to improve
information and process support for the health system. Included
in these targets is access and integration through updates to the
Ministry’s ICT infrastructure.
This includes moving to outsourced telehosting
locations, introducing a secure portal for access to health
information and further virtualising the hardware infrastructure of the
Ministry. Another is health statistics and reporting. Infrastructure will
be updated and used to collect, clean and provide access to the rich
information assets available within the health system.
The Information Directorate was created in the Ministry restructure
of 2007 by the Director General, Stephen McKernan, to recognise
the increasing importance of information to the health system.
Alan Hesketh, the deputy director general of the Information Directorate,
is leading a review of the directorate’s structure to ensure the organisation
is appropriately structured to meet the ministry’s objectives
and health system outcomes. Implementing and consolidating this
new structure and organisational processes is an important
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