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
Mobile PCs: 95
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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