Planning for our shared digital future

News
27 Feb 2020
The Alliance Training and South Island Data and Digital Health Strategy Workshop was held on 14 February.

As healthcare and information technology constantly evolves, reviewing new ways of working is an integral part of collaborating as an alliance.

The Alliance Training and South Island Data and Digital Health Strategy Workshop was held on 14 February in Christchurch, to refresh and upskill, reflect on the past and talk about how to face the challenges of our shared digital future.

Attendees included Information Services Service Level Alliance (IS SLA) members, South Island CIOs, Clinical Informatics Leader, South Island Information Services Programme Leads, as well as South Island health professionals who are involved in regional Information Services alliance activity.

The morning session covered the history and principles of alliancing, how to participate in an alliance model, how to measure regional alliancing framework for large system transformation, as well as identifying ‘wicked’ problems faced regionally in an alliance framework. In the afternoon session, the South Island Data and Digital Health Strategy was discussed, with attendees working in groups to talk about ways to operationalise the strategic programmes, of innovation and transformation, empowering the healthcare workforce, data and insights, patient participation, and future of work.  

Karl Rivett, Change Delivery Manager for IT at Southern DHB, says the workshop was a good opportunity to understand the purpose of the Alliance and to discuss implementation of the strategy. “Looking at the different compositions of resource (clinical, corporate, IT, public representation), what they need to consider and how they work going forward, is of great interest to me and the role that I have. It’s clear the world of healthcare is never standing still, so whether you experience it as a patient, clinician or supporting staff, we need to constantly consider how we best leverage new ways of working, solutions and processes – and that’s what working in an alliance can do for us.”

Dr Peter Gent, a GP in Dunedin, has been a member of the IS SLA for the past five years. He says the workshop was a useful opportunity to refresh knowledge of the Alliance structure. “One of the main benefits of the workshop was to talk about alliancing as a collaborative working method. It was also great to discuss the Information Services strategic plan with the wider members of the Alliance, not just the SLA."