MidCentral District Health Board

MidCentral District Health Board

2007 ranking: 79

Senior IS executives: Barry Morris, IS manager service delivery; Brian Woolley, IS manager strategy and planning

Report to: General manager, corporate services

Size of IS shop: 28

PCs: 1390

Mobile PCs: 95

Terminals: 6

Hand-held devices: 15

Total screens: 1506

Industry: Health and community services

PC environment: Windows XP, Intel-based clone

Server environment: Windows 2003, Solaris, HP

DBMS: Access, SQL

Address: Ruahine Street, Palmerston North


Key IS projects this year: Storage consolidation; digital radiology

(RIS/PACS); patient administration system replacement.

MIDCENTRAL DISTRICT HEALTH Board serves a population of around

160,000 people, living within the area that includes the Manawatu,

Palmerston North city, and the Tararua, Horowhenua and Kapiti


The DHB owns assets valued at approximately $140 million

and has a wholly owned subsidiary company — Enable New Zealand. It

is a national service provider for consultancy and advice on production,

technology design and equipment solutions for people with disabilities,

as well as the asset management of mobility equipment.

Improving the health of the district’s population is the key objective

of MidCentral DHB in 2008. Challenges include the delivery of effective

healthcare services within funding constraints, attracting and retaining

a shrinking health workforce and, from an ICT perspective, delivering

quality systems that are value for money.

Barry Morris, IS manager service delivery for MidCentral DHB, says

ICT is a key enabler for business change — as implementing better

systems and technology to deliver information to the point of care,

enables the delivery of improved healthcare.

Key areas of ICT investment for 2008 include storage consolidation, digital radiology

(RIS/PACS) systems and the replacement of the DHB’s patient administration

system. Unified communications, a disaster recovery project

and investment in business intelligence systems are also planned.

MidCentral DHB’s WAN network extends to Gisborne, Hastings,

Levin, Napier, Dannevirke, Feilding, Wanganui and New Plymouth,

with the campus network running gigabit ethernet. Wide area network

connections run on Telecom’s One Office Network and MidCentral

DHB is connected to other DHBs in and outside of the central region

through the Healthzone Network.

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