Health boards to use joint admin system

Patient administration systems within the Southern District Health Board could soon be streamlined with all health boards in the South Island.

South Island Alliance Information Services chairman Dr Andrew Bowers said the project - still in its early stages - would go beyond just replacing the eight "incumbent" patient administration systems across the five health boards.

Several of the systems were about to end, and it was important the new system was achieved, he said.

"This will enable a more streamlined patient journey through the health services, from the community to the hospital and beyond," he said. It would also co-ordinate care between various hospitals and care providers around the South Island.

A new programme would allow computer systems in the South Island to "talk to each other" and give health workers the information they would need, when they needed it. Overall, it would address the changing way health was delivered in the next 20 years, he said.

Expressions of interest from vendors and suppliers to develop the system were being sought, with a plan to deliver the new patient administration system to then be developed.

The system would meet the most urgent DHB needs initially and the Alliance intended to have a vendor or vendors to partner with by mid-December, he said.

There had been intense and broad interest in the project from vendors both nationally and internationally, with 13 initial submissions to the request for expressions of interest.

Three vendors had been shortlisted for the next round of evaluation, Dr Bowers said.

The Southland Times