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Hutt Valley District Health Board

Hutt Valley District Health Board

2007 ranking: Unlisted

Senior IS executive: Tony Cooke, chief information offi cer Reports to: Chief executive officer

Size of IS shop: 25

PCs: 1000

Mobile PCs: 170

Terminals: 0

Hand-held devices: 100

Total screens: 1270

Industry: Health and community services

PC environment: Windows 2000, XP; HP

Server environment: HP, Unix, Linux, Netware, Windows

DBMS: Informix, SQL

Address: Pilmuir House, Pilmuir Street, Lower Hutt, Wellington

Website: www.huttvalleydhb.org.nz

Key IS projects this year: Infrastructure upgrade to improve 24x7

systems availability, encompassing server virtualisation and storage

area network over two on-site data centres; PACS radiology system;

patient management and knowledge management systems.

ICT SYSTEMS ARE a fundamental part of the supporting infrastructure

at Hutt Valley DHB. Computer systems are used in a variety of ways by

front-line staff; from retrieving patient information on the ward round,

to signing off a lab result, to storing information for clinical audit, to

preparing a presentation for further workforce education.

CIO Tony Cooke says health workforce shortages, along with sustainability

of services in the face of tightening health and ICT budgets, are

signifi cant challenges and will impact ICT vendor contracts.

He says Hutt Valley DHB, like other DHBs, faces greater demand on

its ICT services than available capacity, with budget constraints and

skill shortages meaning the organisation is unable to grow that ICT

capacity quickly.

“We have to rigorously prioritise, otherwise workload becomes

overwhelming and morale can quickly plummet. Security of small

storage devices, in particular, USB drives, is a real concern — they can

introduce malware, and allow confi dential/commercial information

without the protection of encryption to be taken offsite where it can

be lost or misplaced,” says Cooke.

Focus is on reduction of clinical risk and improvements in quality

through improved information systems. In 2008 Hutt Valley DHB will

complete an infrastructure upgrade to improve 24x7 systems availability,

encompassing server virtualisation and storage area network over

two on-site data centres; and continue development on a new PACS

radiology system.

Patient management and knowledge management systems will also

be developed further to enhance patient workfl ows, and to provide

better supporting information to middle-tier management.

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