New lab information system will help provide better patient experience in Wellington region

Neighbouring Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast DHBs have joined forces in a detailed procurement and evaluation process of laboratory information systems and have recently selected Sysmex New Zealand to replace their aging separate systems with the Delphic Laboratory Information System (LIS).

The two DHBs provide laboratory services to a population of half a million people and have three large hospital facilities at Wellington, Hutt and Kenepuru.

“This joint purchase is part of our drive to provide a more seamless and efficient experience for patients across all of our services,” says Wairarapa and Hutt Valley DHB CE Graham Dyer. “Our clinical and business staff are committed to better integrated delivery of clinical services. A single laboratory information system for the Wellington region will support common clinical and business protocols. Consistency of operation is a hallmark of quality improvement, which is always good for our patients, our staff and our bottom line.”

James Webster, Sysmex CEO says “The Delphic LIS will help the Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast DHB laboratory services streamline the specimen flow across their three hospital sites. The Wellington region is set to benefit from a single shared system, a model that has been well-proven in other sites in Canada and New Zealand.”

“The purchase of a single LIS aligns with the National Health IT plan, which encourages DHBs to integrate clinical services and achieve cost savings through the better use of information technology,” says Mary Bonner, CE of Capital & Coast DHB. “It also fits with the NHIT Plan long term vision of having a common laboratory system across each region, making it easier to maintain consistent standards. These objectives are also supported in both of our DHBs’ annual plans and the Regional Services Plan. This purchase marks a significant milestone in our developing DHB partnerships in the central region.”

The business case for the new Sysmex Delphic LIS was approved by the respective DHB boards and Tony Ryall, Minister of Health in November last year.

Sysmex will install the latest version release of the Delphic LIS and Delphic AP (Anatomical Pathology), to be fully operational in both DHBs by the end of 2013.

James Webster CEO, “Sysmex are excited to be working in partnership with the DHBs as we implement their new Delphic laboratory information system. 16 out of 20 NZ DHBs are now using the software making it a market leader in New Zealand. We are committed to the continued innovation and development of the Delphic LIS, keeping abreast of the requirements of the modern medical laboratory”.

About the DHBs
District Health Boards receive government funding to plan, fund and provide healthcare and disability support services. They are charged with improving, promoting and protecting the health of the people in the community and ensuring health services are available, either by contracting with external providers (such as Primary Health Organisations, General Practitioners, primary care practices or services, Non-Government Organisations, residential care facilities, dentists, pharmacists, and Māori and mental health providers) or providing the services directly (such as hospital and clinic services).

Hutt Valley DHB
Two thirds of the Hutt Valley population of 145,000 live in Hutt City and one third in Upper Hutt City. Hutt Valley DHB operates one 300 bed hospital in Lower Hutt and also provides five regional health services – Public Health, Dental, Rheumatology, Breast Screening and the Faciomaxillary, Burns and Plastics service. They also provide other community based services and work with primary care providers to support the health needs of their resident population.

Capital and Coast DHB
Currently almost 298,000 people live within the Capital and Coast district, with two thirds of the population in Wellington City, 18% in Porirua and 14% on the Kapiti Coast. CCDHB operates two hospitals; Wellington and Kenepuru, supported by the Kapiti Health Centre, a large Mental Health campus at Porirua and other community based services. Most of the region’s tertiary services are located on the Wellington hospital campus.

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