Ministry of Health

Ministry of Health

2007 ranking: 67

Senior IS executive: Alan Hesketh, deputy director of information Reports to: Deputy director general of health, corporate and information

Size of IS shop: 180

PCs: 1800

Mobile PCs: 400

Terminals: 0

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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