Hutt News : September 13th 2011
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Dine in, Takeaways & Home Deliveries Ph 586 9030 66 Bloomfield Tce Lower Hutt www.littleindia.co.nz E-tree system a boon for boards Cost-cutting: Hutt Valley Health applications support manager Adrian Lumsden shows off the e-tree medical information sharing system to Health Minister Tony Ryall. By JIM CHIPP A conversation in a corridor between two computer people has evolved into a low-cost infor- mation sharing system between district health boards. Hutt Valley Health applications support manager Adrian Lums- den received a call a few months ago from his Wairarapa counter- part. Did you know that Wairarapa [district health board] will be operating on some of your patients? he was asked. We ll need access to your systems so surgeons can see lab results, X-rays, whatever, because obvi- ously they want to get as much of the picture as they can. Mr Lumsden casually passed on the request to a health board pro- grammer as the two walked down a corridor -- and, three months later, an e-tree system has been devised, allowing the two boards computers to exchange patient data. That was the essential genesis of it, Mr Lumsden said. The system cost just a few weeks of programmers time, he said. Hutt Valley Health staff were used to making do, he said. I guess we have no money. Just kick a big, new, fast server at it -- that s just not an option. The Hutt board was one of the first in New Zealand to use the Concerto medical data system. The e-tree system has been extended to Capital and Coast District Health Board as well as Wairarapa, and other health boards further afield, which also use Concerto, are studying it with interest. The system allows access to all of a patient s text records, includ- ing test results, clinicians notes and drugs they have been prescribed. At this stage, graphic infor- mation, such as scans and X-rays, is not accessible through e-tree. There has got to be cost savings, but how you could measure it, I don t know, Mr Lumsden said. Time saved from a doctor hanging on the end of the phone trying to talk to someone or trying to find someone. Hutt Hospital anaesthetist David Tripp was enthusiastic about the system. I ve used e-tree on two patients this afternoon coming for acute operations, and got very valuable information from Wellington that wouldn t have been available otherwise, he said in a text. One possibly would have had her surgery cancelled without this information. Keep up the good work. Health Minister Tony Ryall was impressed by the system. This is a great innovation in the Hutt Valley, he said. We need to see this across the country, because it will further improve the quality and safety of patient care. Community and district nurse Margaret Woodcock said the sys- tem was a marvellous improve- ment . We are now able to see all of the oncology patients that up to now we always struggled to get up-to-date information. Board primary care liaison Dr Liz Fitzmaurice said nothing else that had happened in the New Zealand health system in the past decade had surpassed the infor- mation sharing initiative for its impact on safety and quality of service for patients. Should it stay or should it go? FOUNTAIN FACTS Removal will cost $5000. An $180,000 water feature is being developed for Dowse Square but no plans are yet available. The pool has a major leak which has been impossible to fix, and the lights no longer work. An independent engineer's report found that the fountain needs significant work just to get it working as originally designed. ''In general, the fountain is in poor condition, particularly in respect to the infrastructure that makes the fountain operate.'' The biggest repair item is $42,000 for electrical work, including a new switchboard. By NICHOLAS BOYACK Washout: City councillors have decided to get public feedback on getting rid of the civic fountain. The civic fountain has had a reprieve. City councillors last week agreed to ask community boards and ward committees for their views on the fountain, which needs a $120,000 overhaul. The fountain came from the Homewood Estate in Karori, which is the current British High Commissioner s residence. It was gifted to the city in 1975 and was a well-known landmark with its colourful lighting display. In sum- mer, it is a popular backdrop for wedding photos. Last month the community and infrastructure committee agreed to refer the matter to the Central Ward Committee. After hearing a plea by Sue La- frentz for its retention, however, city councillors decided to consult more widely. Mrs Lafrentz said the art deco fountain had historic value, and that if the council had maintained it properly, the current situation would not have developed. The council has suggested that with a new $180,000 fountain planned nearby, there is no need for the civic fountain. Ms Lafrentz rejected that option and said there was no reason why there could not be two fountains in the area, which is popular with the public. Cr Max Shierlaw said there was currently no budget to upgrade the fountain. Including it in the draft 2012-13 annual plan will give the public the chance to have a say on whether it should be retained. Mayor Ray Wallace said it was a city-wide issue and he wanted the entire community to have a say. A decision on its future should not be taken lightly, he said.
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