DHB Info Sharing To Aid Patients

March 16, 2018

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.

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