Waikato District Health Board

Waikato District Health Board

2007 ranking: 39

Senior IS executive: Alan Grainer, chief information officer Reports to: Craig Climo, chief executive officer

Size of IS shop: 62

PCs: 2518

Mobile PCs: 390

Terminals: 0

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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