The newly-formed Taranaki Community Oral Health Service is looking for an electronic patient record system to replace its current Molaris software.
A tender says that while the existing system "provides a platform for reporting, it is recognised that the software and associated hardware is at the end of its life cycle, and a new solution with interactive functionality is required to realise the business strategy."
In addition, 27 of the service's 28 current sites do not have access to DHB networks.
"There is a clear need to move forward and provide the therapists and assistants with direct access to the dental information and other DHB information through an IT solution," tender documents say.
Any new system must operate in a Citrix environment and be web enabled
The project is being undertaken as the schools-based dental service is being restructured. Twenty seven school clinic locations, of which four are staffed full-time, and one other clinic will be closed and replaced with a fixed four chair "Hub" surgery based in New Plymouth.
In addition a two-chair mobile surgery will be deployed to service the majority of South Taranaki schools and a one chair surgery will be redeployed to schools within the New Plymouth area.
Further down the track, two fixed three-chair surgeries based in Hawera and East New Plymouth will be created along with a fixed two-chair surgery in Stratford. This will be augmented with a two-chair mobile surgery to service coastal, North and city schools within Taranaki.
In the final phase, two fixed one-chair surgeries will be based in Waitara and Inglewood.