Improved information sharing between central region hospitals will mean patients get consistent care regardless of the District Health Board it's under.
Central region DHBs – Capital & Coast, Hutt Valley, Wairarapa, Whanganui, MidCentral, and Hawkes Bay – have co-developed a suite of shared computer systems to centralise patient information across the DHBs.
A new regional IT support service is helping ensure DHB staff across the central region can receive consistent support for central region clinical computer systems.
Chief information officer Shayne Hunter says: “Patients sometimes go to hospitals in other regions. Health professionals need to be able to access a patient’s medical records regardless of which DHB they belong to.
“By having the most up to date information about the patient – including any illnesses, or medications they may be on – health care professionals can provide care that is consistent with what they’ve been receiving from their own DHB,” she says.
The shared system is part of a $65 million investment across the DHBs to ensure they are better linked up.