DHB eyes web despite supplier takeover

Auckland District Health Board is looking for extra functionality out of its new document management package, regardless of who owns its supplier.

Auckland District Health Board is looking for extra functionality out of its new document management package, regardless of who owns its supplier.

The board is expecting largely steady sailing after Vignette’s purchase of Australian vendor Tower Technology, whose product it is using to transfer paper records to electronic.

“For the most part, we don’t see any change in the relationship,” says CIO Steven Mayo-Smith. “My understanding is that Vignette will continue to operate Tower Technology in the form it is now.”

Last month US content management giant Vignette bought Tower Technology for $US45 million in cash and $US80 million worth of Vignette shares.

The move brings to Vignette document imaging and records management capability that analyst firm Gartner has said Vignette previously lacked.

Auckland DHB is still in the process of scanning paper patient records and presenting the data in electronic form using Tower’s technology, and adding other data created electronically. Mayo-Smith says a new development related to that project is web-enabling it so that doctors have access to it from beyond the DHB area.

“The Tower Technology architecture is client-server and as we look to national coverage we need it to be web-enabled. We’re talking to [local developer] Orion and Tower re web-enabling it.”

He says the DHB has some national responsibilities, as it runs clinics throughout New Zealand.

“At the moment, when clinicians travel, they’ve been downloading to laptops and taking them with them. We want to get to the point where we get a connection that’s accessible through the web.”

The plan is to use Orion’s Concerto portal and align it to Tower, he says.

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