PiMS project in good health at Waitemata

A patient information management system at Waitemata Health is progressing well, say those involved in its rollout.

A patient information management system at Waitemata Health is progressing well, say those involved in its rollout.

The North Shore-based health board has installed PiMS in many parts of its operations, including the emergency department, patient legal status and medical records and in the mental health referrals area.

The rollout began in December. In March a master patient index was incorporated, meaning Waitemata Health has a record of every patient who has had any contact with the organisation. That patient information is linked to the Ministry of Health’s National Health Index.

Last month PiMS became operational in the outpatient records sphere. The implementation will continue over coming months.

PiMS, a database-independent management system, was developed in Britain by iSOFT.

Just before it began to be implemented at Waitemata Health last year, then-Waitemata CIO Ray Delany said it was chosen for Waitemata largely on the basis of its record at the Counties-Manuakau District Health Board.

John Weernink, IS analyst at Counties Manukau, helped with the implementation at Waitemata and says having another health board just the other side of Auckland that had installed PiMS was a huge help.

“We could share the technology, the database and the platform — we could eliminate any risk from the project.”

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