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Key piece of hospital IT system goes live

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A major piece of the new shared regional computer health platform, involving patient clinics and admissions, goes live on 8 December.

WebPAS, a new patient administration system, will, over time, centralise patient records across the lower North Island.
Chief Medical Officer Ken Clark said: “We appreciate the understanding of patients and visitors while the new system is bedded in. Even though extensive preparation and testing occurred before going live, it's always difficult to predict how new systems will behave with everyday busy loads. We expect that some services for patients may operate more slowly at first, but we wish to reassure the public that we will keep disruption to a minimum and will have extra staff and IT experts on hand. Our staff are always prepared to continue to provide the same high-level of service the public expects.”
MidCentral DHB has been moving its core clinical systems to a shared system over the past six months. This will enable clinicians to be able to access patients’ information from any hospital in the region.
Patient information is now presented in a uniform way across the region and is available in one place instead of in separate information systems.
MidCentral, Wairarapa and Whanganui DHBs are the first to move to the platform and will be joined in time by Hawke’s Bay, Capital & Coast, Hutt Valley DHBs.
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