2007 ranking: 20

Senior IS executive: Phil Brimacombe, chief information officer Reports to: CEOs of Waitemata and Counties Manukau DHBs and

healthAlliance COO

Size of IS shop: 110

PCs: 5300

Mobile PCs: 575

Terminals: 405

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.


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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