Multilab model for Wellington as DHBs complete Delphic roll-out

The Wellington region has completed its implementation of Sysmex's Delphic laboratory information system (LIS), which will help streamline specimen flow across labs at Wellington, Hutt and Kenepuru hospitals.

Hutt Valley (HVDHB) and Capital & Coast (CCDHB) district health boards first started planning for the implementation in 2011, when they decided to implement a common LIS to replace an ageing system that was going out of support.

Sysmex CEO James Webster said that because it is a single system shared by the three labs, Hutt and Capital & Coast DHBs have been able to standardise the testing, workflow and business process and benefit from shared infrastructure costs.

"This ‘multilab’ model has also been adopted by other New Zealand public and private laboratories on the Delphic LIS,” Mr Webster said. “Further afield in Canada, Diagnostic Services of Manitoba’s Delphic LIS is centred in the city of Winnipeg.

"This common LIS is now shared across 18 metro and regional labs with more sites scheduled to join the system over the coming months. We see similar trends emerging in medical labs in Australia as labs aim to regionalise and consolidate their service. The LIS is an essential component to achieve this.”

The implementation of a single LIS aligns with the Ministry of Health’s National Health IT plan, which encourages DHBs to integrate clinical services and achieve cost savings through the better use of IT.

Capital & Coast DHB CEO Debbie Chin said it also fits with the NHIT plan's long-term vision of having a common laboratory system across each region, making it easier to maintain consistent standards.

“These objectives are also supported in both of our DHBs’ annual plans and the regional services plan,” Ms Chin said.

"The completion of this LIS IT project marks a significant milestone in our developing DHB partnerships in the central region.”

In addition to Delphic, Sysmex also markets the Eclair web-based clinical information system which is used as the backbone of the TestSafe system, pioneered in Auckland and also in use in Canterbury.

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