The RCP is an important step in the wider Regional Health Informatics Programme (RHIP) that allows clinicians to use the one password to access crucial patient information across the central region DHBs, including MidCentral, Whanganui, Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast. MidCentral joins Whanganui DHB, who implemented RCP last year.
MidCentral DHB chief executive and lead CEO for the RHIP Kathryn Cook says she was grateful of all the hard work performed by many staff over the past few years. “It’s taken a great effort, by not only our own staff, but those of our regional partners. Overall the upgrade went really well and we’re now looking forward to the next system to be implemented.”
MidCentral DHB chief medical officer, Dr Ken Clark says the feedback from clinical staff has been positive and many have commented they are definitely looking forward to the next system to be upgraded. “A number of our staff work across the wider central region, and having the ability to access patient information from other DHBs, and primary care providers, in a secure and efficient way is crucial to being able to diagnose and provide expert healthcare our patients demand and expect.”
The RHIP work is complex and involves five critical clinical system implementations. Already upgraded earlier this year was the new pharmacy system - ePharmacy. Future upgrades include: the Radiology Information System (RIS), the Regional Application and Data Access system (RADA) and crucially for MidCentral, a new patient administration system called WebPAS. MidCentral DHB is currently using an old patient administration system which was first released in the 1980s.
MidCentral DHB board chair Dot McKinnon says she’s excited to see this important step completed. “I’m fortunate to sit across both Whanganui and MidCentral DHBs as board chair and I can see how the combined system can have a real impact for the delivery of better services to the communities we serve. It really shows that we can work collaboratively at a local, regional and national level to implement such critical systems safely without disrupting treatment.”