Clinical Information System to enhance patient care for Central Region DHBs

10 May 2013

A partnership to deploy a single Clinical Information System (CIS) that will improve healthcare delivery across the Central Region’s six DHBs was signed last month by Central Region Technical Advisory Services (TAS) Chairman Murray Georgel and  Orion Health.
The innovative new system, consisting of Orion Health’s Hospital solution and clinical option suite, is an exciting addition to the region, which includes Hawke’s Bay, Whanganui, MidCentral, Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast District Health Boards and will offer ‘clinicians a system they could only dream of four years ago’.
“This is part of a wider Central Region Information System (IS) Programme which will assist DHBs in improving patient care and reducing clinical risk, and underpins the Central Region’s Service Plan,” TAS Chairman Murray Georgel said, on behalf of the six DHBs. Implementation of the CIS will occur in several phases over the next two years.  This contract is the first step towards achieving the shared care vision of the New Zealand IT Health Board. 
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) mental health clinical director Frank Rawlinson said the CIS is an important development in the care of the region’s patients.
“There are many advantages the system can offer. The deployment of Orion Health Hospital will give us the opportunity to have a better picture of a patient’s hospital medical record and as more information becomes electronic, there is an opportunity to be very innovative. 
“Having a single hospital clinical record system in the region, will allow us to connect to a single primary care shared record system in the region and form a complete information package for our patients.  The clinical and patient safety advantages are obvious.”
For patients it also means that once the Central Region IS Programme is complete, clinicians in the Central Region will have access to patient information when the patient is away from their local DHB.  “The introduction of the Central Region IS Programme allows patient information to follow the patient wherever they present and that will be helpful to clinicians in emergency departments throughout the region,” WDHB Emergency Department clinical director Athol Steward said.
Orion Health CEO Ian McCrae believes its technology will help underpin transformational change in how healthcare is delivered in the region.  “When we develop software our focus is on delivering a solution that provides better healthcare outcomes for the people of New Zealand and around the globe. The Central Region has an excellent vision and plan that will ultimately result in efficient and patient centric healthcare delivery for consumers of healthcare services across the region. We are excited to be partnering with TAS and the six District Health Boards to deliver this vision.”
For further information you can call:
Capital & Coast DHB Communications Manager Lindsay Davis on 027 5125112
Marketing Executive Orion Health Sarah Hansen 021812071
Central Tas Communications Advisor Jo Parker 027 207 6418
About Orion Health
Orion Health is New Zealand’s largest privately owned software exporter and a global leader in eHealth technology. Founded in 1993, by CEO Ian McCrae, Orion Health has grown from a specialist health integration vendor into a company that sells a comprehensive suite of eHealth solutions. Orion Health has extensive experience in the design and installation of complex systems within demanding healthcare environments. With an inherent ability to interconnect the wide variety of information systems found in health, Orion Health has risen to be considered a global leader in its industry. Today, our products and solutions are currently implemented in more than 30 countries, used by hundreds of thousands of clinicians, and help facilitate the care for tens of millions of patients.