Senior IS executive: Tony Cooke, chief information offi cer Reports to: Chief executive officer
Size of IS shop: 25
Mobile PCs: 170
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
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
“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
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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