IBA draws interest on NZ medical rollout

IBA draws interest on NZ medical rollout

IBA Technologies announced yesterday that it will install its Web-based hospital system throughout New Zealand's Hutt Valley District Health Board, a disability and medical support service catering to over 135,000 people.

While the medical software and integration specialist would not reveal the financial arrangements of the deal, IBA's executive chairman, Gary Cohen, said the recent contract was secured on the success of a thin-client system it installed for New Zealand's Taranaki District Health Board in 1998.

"This is recognition that the client server isn't the way to go for large-scale hospital environments," said Cohen. "It's too costly to install and expensive to maintain. Thin client is being not only proven but acknowledged as a superior methodology."

Thin client is also a system which allows services to be run remotely via an ASP kind of model. The rollout, due for completion in November, will include the provision and maintenance of patient master indexes, inpatients, medical records, medical records tracking, outpatients, theatre management, waiting lists and a ward information centre. IBA plans to run Hutt Valley District Health Board services remotely via an ASP-type model.

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