Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Bay of Plenty District Health Board

2007 ranking: 85

Senior IS executive: Owen Wallace, GM information management services Reports to: Chief executive officer

Size of IS shop: 21

PCs: 1350

Mobile PCs: 150

Terminals: 0

Hand-held devices: 30

Total screens: 1530

Industry: Health and community services

PC environment: Windows 2000, XP; HP; Compaq

Server environment: HP Unix, Windows 2000, IBM

DBMS: Informix, Oracle, SQL

Address: Corner of Clark Street and 20th Avenue, Tauranga


Key IS projects this year: Network upgrade; patient management

system; server room upgrade; infrastructure consolidation; PACS/

radiology system; theatre tracking system; back-up, storage and

archiving management system.

ENHANCING HEALTH SERVICE provision through improving the

interface between health service providers is the key focus of the Bay

of Plenty District Health Board in 2008. Towards this, the BoP DHB is

introducing cross-provider programmes to address population health

issues such as the management of chronic conditions like diabetes.

Owen Wallace, general manager information management services,

says the BoP DHB is also redeveloping its Tauranga hospital, involving

both a large building programme and workfl ow process change, while

also in the planning stages of an upgrade of its Whakatane hospital.

The BoP DHB also provides services under contract within the Lakes

DHB district.

Organisational challenges include operating in an environment of

fi xed resources and increasing levels of demand, with a corresponding

impact on what can be invested into ICT infrastructure and initiatives.

Key projects for 2008 include implementation of a Picture Archiving

and Communication System (PACS) in collaboration with Waikato

DHB; completion of a core network upgrade; implementation of an

electronic referral management system; and an upgrade of the main

server room. BoP DHB is also collaborating on activities with Midland

DHB colleagues, such as chronic condition management systems,

shared data repositories and telecommunications.

Wallace says poor telecommunication coverage remains a barrier to

service provision for the BoP DHB and its contracted health service

providers. To compensate for the low capacity telecommunications

infrastructure that exists in a number of areas, the DHB is investing in

network traffic equipment that boosts the performance of its telecommunication


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