NZ Central region to begin shared CIS roll out

The six district health boards (DHBs) making up New Zealand's Central region have signed an agreement to begin rolling out the Orion Health Hospital clinical information system in all hospitals in the area.

Part of the New Zealand Health IT Board's plan to develop shared care throughout the country, implementation of the CIS will occur in several phases over the next two years.

The Central region includes the Hawke’s Bay, Wanganui, MidCentral, Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast DHBs.

Peter Hicks, Capital & Coast DHB executive director for corporate and clinical support, said the CIS is an important development in the care of the region’s patients.

“There are many advantages the system can offer,” Dr Hicks said. “The deployment of Orion Health Hospital will give us the opportunity to have a better picture of a patient’s hospital medical record and as more information becomes electronic there is an opportunity to be very innovative.

“Having a single hospital clinical record system in the region will allow us to connect to a single primary care shared record system in the region and form a complete information package for our patients. The clinical and patient safety advantages are obvious.”

Deployment of the CIS will also ensure that when patients are away from their local DHB, clinicians will still have access to their information. NZ is rolling out a shared care viewer, based on Orion's platform, in all hospitals throughout the country.

“This is the first step towards completion of the Central Region IS Programme, which addresses the constant frustration of patients arriving at hospital, outside their local DHB, and the hospital having no access to the patient information at their local hospital,” Hutt Valley DHB emergency physician Richard Makower said.

Posted in New Zealand eHealth

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