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Nelson Marlborough Health live with SI PICS

Wednesday, 16 May 2018  
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eHealthNews editor Rebecca McBeth


Nelson Marlborough Health has gone live with the South Island Patient Information Care System.


The move is part of a South Island Alliance initiative to streamline patient care across the region through the use of a single patient administration system.


SI PICS replaced NMH’s 24-year-old OraCare PAS on 12 May. The switch-over process involved migrating 280,000 patient records and 700,000 event records to the new system.

Nelson Marlborough Health SI PICS project manager Ross MacLennan says that this is the largest IT project undertaken by the organisation to date.

“It has been a very complex project from start to finish, with five South Island DHBs working in partnership with New Zealand-based software vendor Orion Health to design, test, and implement the software,” he says.

“The contribution from staff at NMH, Orion Health, Canterbury DHB, and the South Island Alliance team to get to this point has been tremendous.”

SI PICS regional programme manager Nick Lanigan says the NMH implementation is an important milestone as it is the second major site to be using the system.


Christchurch’s Burwood Hospital went live in 2016 and the system was extended to six rural Canterbury health facilities on 9 March this year.


“SI PICS enables a more streamlined patient journey through our health services and allows a seamless transfer of care anywhere in the region, including community to the hospital,” says Lanigan.


“Once established, the new system will operate in a more user friendly and efficient way.”


SI PICS is replacing nine non-integrated patient management systems used by DHBs across the South Island. It provides a record of patient activity, including community, outpatient and inpatient appointments, waitlist management, admissions and discharges, as well as alerts and allergies.


The regional system has been developed by Orion Health, in partnership with the DHBs through the South Island Alliance, to provide more efficient, safer transfer of patient information and a more consistent approach to patient management.


Orion Health product director Shrikant Shrivastava says the roll-out will lead to some significant improvements to the DHB’s IT system that will add to the overall efficiency of health services.


Christchurch Hospital is the next site due to go live with SI PICS, followed by West Coast DHB then South Canterbury DHB, and Southern DHB will be the last. All five sites are due to be live with the system by 2020.


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