Public sector IT most excellent

Public sector IT got a big vote of confidence in the 2001 Computerworld Excellence Awards, presented in Auckland last night.

Public sector IT got a big vote of confidence in the 2001 Computerworld Excellence Awards, presented in Auckland last night.

A public hospital, transport authority and local government information chief won major awards at the event, attended by about 450 members of the IT community.

IT and Telecommunications Minister Paul Swain was also honoured, as the Most Significant Contributor to IT in 2000.

Auckland Regional Council’s IT head, Tony Darby, was named CIO of the Year. His department was also a finalist in the Most Successful Project Implementation category.

However, honours in that category went to Yakka Apparel Solutions for an online uniform ordering created for a New Zealand Defence Forces supply contract.

South Auckland Health won two awards, being voted winner of the Overall Excellence and Excellence in the Use of IT in Government categories.

Applications developed for South Auckland’s Kidzfirst Children’s Hospital and a patient tracking system at the emergency care centre at Middlemore Hospital caught the judges’ attention. The emergency centre project features a Java-based patient-tracking database, developed by Orion Systems, that stores a patient’s clinical information and test data from the moment they arrive in the facility.

Clinicians are able to move patients from the emergency ward to another part of the hospital and their case data is instantly available to caregivers, without the time-consuming process of transferring physical notes.

“The greatest accolade we have received is that the clinicians actively use the system for emergency care. They’re totally dependent on it,” says South Auckland Health IT head Phil Brimacombe.

The Land Transport Safety Authority was another public sector winner, in the Use of IT for Decision Management category, for its crash analysis system (CAS). Although developed five years ago, it has just undergone an upgrade.

The CAS allows the LTSA, local authorities and engineering contractors to view maps and analyses of traffic, crash, vehicle and victim data. All data is held in an Oracle database, with systems integration and project management being done by gen-i.

The outstanding chief executive of the Year was Telstra-Saturn’s Jack Matthews, winner of the CEO IT Vision award.

Magazine-style website Nzgirl took the E-business of the Year award, and also took out the Business-to-Consumer E-business category. The Business-to-Business E-business award winner was Wool Production Technology, for Woolnet.

The Technology Innovator of the Year was voted Auckland graphics software developer Right Hemisphere.

Queensberry and Company took honours in the Use of IT for Customer Support category and two Auckland institutions, Tamaki College and the University of Auckland, won awards for Use of IT in Education.

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