Senior IS executive: Grant Taylor, regional chief information officer Reports to: Chief executive
Size of IS shop: 44
Mobile PCs: 200
Hand-held devices: 95
Total screens: 2077
Industry: Health and community services
PC environment: Windows 2000, XP; HP; IBM
Server environment: AIX; Linux; Tru64 Unix; Windows 2000, 2003;
Digital Alpha; Dell; IBM xSeries/pSeries
DBMS: Oracle, SQL
Address: 201 Great King Street, Dunedin
Website: www.otagohb.govt.nz, www.sdhb.govt.nz
Key IS projects this year: Patient administration system; integrated
PACS; business intelligence
IT IS PART of the virtual entity “The Southern Alliance” and under
the Southern Alliance the back office functions of IT, finance, HR and
planning and funding are now restructured and functioning as shared
services for both Otago and Southland DHBs.
The key objective for IT under the Southern Alliance is to implement a
shared services model going forward, as well as meet national and local
health objectives of the ministry and both Southland and Otago DHBs.
Regional CIO Grant Taylor says both DHBs are progressing signifi -
cant organisational goals including the promotion of healthy lifestyles,
managing chronic diseases and improving the effectiveness and
efficiency of health services across the Otago and Southland regions.
Challenges to these goals include establishing a common culture
across both organisations, achieving staff buy-in for a shared services
strategy and aligning IT with business objectives.
Initiatives such as highly available core systems and strategies to
remove risk are high on the agenda.
IT projects planned for this year include a shared PAS (Patient
Administration System), shared HRIS and integrated PACS as well as
leading the country’s E-Prescribing initiatives.
Taylor says the Southern Alliance will also be investing in a new data centre
and implementing a virtualisation strategy to allow a reduction in management overhead,
as well as ongoing operational savings on infrastructure. Creating a
single desktop and common look and feel is also important going
forward, as well as reducing complexity between the two sites.
Taylor says duplication of effort will be reduced and standards introduced for
new functions and ultimately better performance.
Apart from HR/payroll, which is outsourced to Datacom, all other IT
functions are conducted in-house.
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