New hospital CIO's first job

Two weeks into the job, Auckland District Health Board's information chief says his first task is getting to grips with the IT aspects of the city's new hospital.

Two weeks into the job, Auckland District Health Board’s information chief says his first task is getting to grips with the IT aspects of the city’s new hospital.

Steven Mayo-Smith (pictured) has taken over the role vacated by Pam Nobbs in April when she departed for publishing giant INL. Mayo-Smith was operations director at Auckland health software developer i-Health.

“Auckland [DHB] is going through huge changes, not least of which is the construction of the new hospital,” Mayo-Smith says. “A lot of technology is involved in that.”

His priority is to make sure the IT component of the building project is ready for the hospital’s target opening date of October 2003.

Mayo-Smith says the board is increasingly reliant on electronic patient management systems, one part of which is a $6 million records scanning project begun late last year.

That project is proceeding to plan, he says.

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