Senior IS executive: Alan Grainer, chief information officer Reports to: Craig Climo, chief executive officer
Size of IS shop: 62
Mobile PCs: 390
Hand-held devices: 46
Total screens: 2954
Industry: Health and community services
PC environment: Windows XP, HP
Server environment: Novell; Unix; Windows 2003, 2000, NT; HP; IBM
DBMS: Oracle, SQL, UniData MySQL
Address: Pembroke Street, Hamilton
Key IS projects this year: Migration to Microsoft Messaging/full
Windows OS/Offi ce 2007 upgrade; server virtualisation;
telecommunications overhaul and integration; several clinical and
patient management system enhancements; electronic referrals;
Picture Archiving Communications System (PACS) in conjunction
with Bay of Plenty DHB; upgrade of Human Resource Management
System; commencing Laboratory and Pharmacy system replacements;
continuing work on data management and business intelligence.
THE WAIKATO DISTRICT Health Board (Waikato DHB) is a crown entity
responsible for planning, funding, providing and monitoring health and
disability services for the 330,000 people living in the Waikato district.
Alan Grainer, CIO for Waikato DHB, says the organisation has a clear
goal of raising its overall performance in the health sector. This means
a demanding programme of business and system change.
The WDHB completed a new IS Strategic Plan in 2007 based around
segmentation of the client base with the focus on different identified
clusters of need, and prioritisation within each work stream.
A large campus redevelopment project continues to challenge the
technology and telecommunications infrastructure, as does the increasing
mobilisation of health service delivery. In the coming 12 months
WDHB will undertake a major upgrade of its HR system and processes,
as well as reviewing its supply-chain performance. It has also raised the
priority on a project to migrate to Microsoft messaging and calendar,
while completing migration to MS Windows for all file management, as
well as a move to Offi ce 2007.
He says server virtualisation technologies are important as WDHB
has around 70 servers, some running small applications using around
7 per cent of server resources. Other significant IT projects include
replacement of a 16-year-old legacy radiology system and the introduction
of a digital picture system in place of fi lm.
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