The NZ Health Information Service is looking for a long-term partner to develop its data warehouses.
The selection exercise is at the stage of “scanning the market” with a request-for-information tender at present, says manager Ray Delany.
The Ministry of Health, which owns NZHIS, is developing an entirely new information systems strategic plan. This is a long-term exercise “but some things are no-brainers”, Delany says, and one of these is a continuing need for data warehouses and hence data warehouse development and support resources.
NZHIS has a number of data warehouses already, but as well as a continuing requirement to develop new warehouses there is a need to “refresh” the existing ones in the light of new technology, Delany says.
The newly recruited partner’s mettle will be tested on one of the most publicly sensitive databases in the MoH information resource, the National Booking System for hospital treatment. “It’s what’s commonly called ‘the waiting list’, but we don’t use that term any more.”
The booking system needs to have a warehouse put against it so statistics on its population and their movement through the system can be analysed by those in the ministry involved in monitoring and policy, Delany says.
The search for a warehouse partner will become “more specific” over the next few months, culminating in a request to tender around the end of the year, he says.