Canterbury District Health Board

Canterbury District Health Board

2007 ranking: 29

Senior IS executive: Chris Dever, chief information officer Reports to: General manager, corporate services

Size of IS shop: 79

PCs: 3415

Mobile PCs: 471

Terminals: 0

Hand-held devices: 309

Total screens: 4195

Industry: Health and community services

PC environment: Windows XP, HP

Server environment: AIX, Red Hat, Windows 2000, Compaq, HP

Others, iSeries, Sun

DBMS: Oracle, Pick, SQL, Sybase

Address: Level 4, Princess Margaret Hospital, Cashmere, Christchurch


Key IS projects this year: Continuation of HRMS and clinical

information systems; SharePoint (MOSS) implementation.

THE CANTERBURY DISTRICT Health Board (DHB) has completed

an infrastructure stabilisation project and continues the rollout of its

clinical information system upgrade. Implementation of a large HRIS

and workforce management case is also ongoing.

CIO Chris Dever says Canterbury DHB is keen to capitalise on and

realise benefi ts from its infrastructure project, while also improving

access to clinical information. In addition, the DHB is commencing a

project to identify a single Patient Management System to replace the

three currently in use.

ICT-related organisational goals include the replacement of nearobsolete

applications and initiation of a signifi cant knowledge management project.

Dever says the complexity of these projects, along with the ICT recruitment

and retention pressures, creates challenges.

In recent years Canterbury DHB has pioneered new communications

technologies including the Vocera wireless voice communication

system, which other DHBs are showing an interest in. The Vocera system

provides software to support hands-free wireless devices that translate

voice commands for VoIP telephony and other networked data

systems to understand and act upon.

Canterbury DHB also continues to invest in VoIP systems using

Nortel software, along with wireless telephony and wireless data

projects that support clinicians moving between offices and clinics with laptops.

Hewlett Packard is Canterbury DHB’s key hardware supplier, whilst

IBM was used for the infrastructure stabilisation project. Other services

are delivered by Gen-i, and while Telecom and Gen-i are both key

partners, Dever says he treats them as separate entities.

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