Kowhai Health Trust IT Structure, Vision, Strategy & Challenges

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Kowhai Health Trust IT Structure, Vision, Strategy & Challenges

  1. 1. Health Informatics New Zealand - www.hinz.org.nz Who we are .................................................................. • Hutt Valley/Awakairangi based • Management Services Organisation (MSO) • PHOs • Valley Wide • Hutt Valley IPA 1
  2. 2. Health Informatics New Zealand - www.hinz.org.nz Structure .................................................................. • Charitable trust • Board of trustees • PHO reps • Hutt Valley DHB • Special skill set reps IT resources .................................................................. • Two staff • Multitude of roles and tasks • Work closely with DHB • Flexible team approach • LinkTech/MedTech • Outsourcing 2
  3. 3. Health Informatics New Zealand - www.hinz.org.nz Why .................................................................. Make Clinicians’ lives easier + Make Kōwhai staff lives easier = Improve quality of Patients’ healthcare “ Everything should be made as simple as possible, ” but not simpler 3
  4. 4. Health Informatics New Zealand - www.hinz.org.nz Vision .................................................................. • To be pro-active in empowering clinicians to use IT to simplify their lives and enhance the health of their patients Strategy .................................................................. • Simplification + consolidation • Minimise duplication • Best practice/Innovate • Pro-active • Outsource • Communicate 4
  5. 5. Health Informatics New Zealand - www.hinz.org.nz Challenges .................................................................. • Shortage of resources • Complexity • Ineffective use of data • Training • Fragmentation • Convoluted systems Projects & dreams .................................................................. Care Plus database • Increase size and scope of IT team by hiring two programmers • Contacts Management Database • Query practices’ PMS remotely • Migrate MSAccess databases to MS SQL Server • Facilitate IT training for staff • Mental Health database • ICT Standards project • Secure Network implementation • Bi- monthly IT newsletter for Hutt Valley practices • Work with DHB on e-referral project • Further develop in-house asset database • Further develop radiology database • Setup Valley wide Intranet • Develop Kōwhai web page • Develop presentation and reporting templates • Respiratory database • Enable remote access for all staff • Evaluate in-house and PHO’s IT infrastructure • Facilitate MedTech training for clinicians and front-line staff • Further develop disaster recovery plan • Provide education sessions on advanced Internet searching • Create a program that looks at a patient’s details in MedTech then displays list of current Kōwhai Programmes... 5
  6. 6. Number of practice locations meeting the standards 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 Server meets stds UPS meets stds Backups - system in place Backups - stored off site ICT Standards Backups - 5+ a week Backups - tested Workstations meet stds Virus protection - all computers Virus protection - updated regularly External Network access - broadband External Network access - secure Security Policy - have written policy Health Informatics New Zealand - www.hinz.org.nz Security Policy - signed by all staff • Empowering GP Practices Preventative mainteance - meets ICT Standards stds • Working with Hutt Valley DHB ICT Jan-06 Dec-04 Standards Stocktake .................................................................. 6
  7. 7. Health Informatics New Zealand - www.hinz.org.nz 7

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