Senior IS executive: Phil Brimacombe, chief information officer Reports to: CEOs of Waitemata and Counties Manukau DHBs and
Size of IS shop: 110
Mobile PCs: 575
Hand-held devices: 318
Total screens: 6598
Industry: Health and community services
PC environment: Windows XP, HP
Server environment: Linux; Windows 2003, 2000, NT; Sun; AIX; HP
Intel-based; IBM RS/6000
DBMS: Oracle, SQL, MySQL
Address: Middlemore Hospital, Private Bag 93 311, Otahuhu, Auckland
Key IS projects this year: Mental health clinical information system;
community and disability clinical information system; well-child clinical
information system; electronic referrals; electronic medication record;
electronic clinical orders pilot.
HEALTHALLIANCE IS RESPONSIBLE for providing IT strategy,
operations and services to two Auckland District Health Boards
— Waitemata and Counties Manukau. It deploys clinical and business
information systems that help to exchange information between care
providers and provide electronic patient information at the point of
care, says CIO Phil Brimacombe.
Brimacombe says this year healthAlliance will continue to deploy
clinical information systems, which help reduce fragmented and
paper-based information systems, along with providing an integrated
information view. That way, clinicians have one view of the patient’s
radiology reports, outpatient notes, test results and notes from other
clinicians involved in that patient’s care.
Major projects include a mental health clinical information system, a
new storage system and new data centres. The three greater Auckland
region DHBs are jointly implementing the mental health information
system, which will eventually link to GP and other provider systems,
so decisions on mental health care are not made in isolation. Similarly
integrated information developments are in place or in development
for community health workers.
HealthAlliance is continuing a business intelligence project designed
to deliver better fi nancial information to DHB managers, with VoIP and
server virtualisation projects ongoing. Brimacombe says healthAlliance
has found virtualisation challenging due to the complex clinical applications
used by the DHBs.
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