Health boards seek single IS manager

The Counties-Manukau and Waitemata district health boards are taking another step in the merger of their IT departments.

The Counties-Manukau and Waitemata district health boards are taking another step in the merger of their IT departments.

The two boards are advertising for an IS manager to run their joint systems, which include iSoft’s PiMS for patient management and Oracle’s 11i for financials.

The new manager will be employed under the guise of healthAlliance, the company set up to operate the joint systems, says Phil Brimacombe, CIO of the two health boards.

“We’re moving the two departments into a shared services company and the new IS manager will have the job of building the two teams into one.” Between them, the two boards employ approximately 100 IS staff.

Brimacombe will remain within the DHBs, while the bulk of staff will move to healthAlliance and look after day-to-day operations.

Counties-Manukau and Waitemata’s IT merger has involved four major projects so far, Brimacombe says, in patient management, financials and laboratory information and results reporting.

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