The Auckland District Health Board will next week begin piloting a module of PiMS, the patient management software in place at the Waitemata and Counties Manukau health boards.
However, it’s a case of preparing for possibilities rather than sharing the application with the two boards.
“What we’re doing is separate,” says Auckland District Health Board CIO Steven Mayo-Smith, “but we’re making sure the technology we’re using is in alignment with healthAlliance.”
HealthAlliance is the entity that runs the operational side of IT, HR and several other functions for the Waitemata and Counties Manukau DHBs.
Mayo-Smith has expressed interest in having the Auckland DHB join healthAlliance, but says it’s too early to make a decision.
He says Auckland will pilot the operating theatre module of PiMS next week in one theatre then roll it out over the next few months as the concept is proved.
Speaking at an NZ Computer Society event last week, healthAlliance operational IT head Joanne Bos said the next step following the successful implementation of PiMS at Waitemata DHB is to upgrade the versions of the package shared by Waitemata and Counties-Manukau.
Mayo-Smith says the module to be trialled at Auckland DHB will be “the latest version”.
While PiMS, Oracle 11i financials and Delphic lab reporting applications are already being shared by the two boards, the IT component of healthAlliance was formalised on November 4.