Senior IS executive: Chris Dever, chief information officer Reports to: General manager, corporate services
Size of IS shop: 79
Mobile PCs: 471
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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