Defence gets start on medical project

The Ministry of Defence says it's making good progress with the rollout of an integrated medical IT infrastructure.

The Ministry of Defence says it’s making good progress with the rollout of an integrated medical IT infrastructure.

PwC won a tender earlier this year for a scoping study into the project, which New Zealand Defence Force CIO Ron Hooton has likened to a giant GP practice for the force. The planned go-live date is about a year from now.

Hooton says the next step is to initiate the project.

“The last three months have seen us, with the help of PricewaterhouseCoopers, develop a strategic road map for the development of medical information systems.”

The first priority is to use the medical information system used by the Navy at its base in Devonport, Auckland as the foundation for a defence force-wide implementation. Some modification is likely to meet the needs of the remainder of the force, but they’re not expected to be significant.

In a year it will implement a single medical information system accessed from most New Zealand Defence Force deployments overseas, Navy frigates and each of the force’s camps and bases across the country.

“All military personnel will have their medical record held electronically within the system.”

The medical information systems overhaul came out of an earlier general IT review of the defence force, which is already underway, with plans to consolidate its 10 previous IT centres of operation into one with two data centres for backup.

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