The South Island Alliance and Ministry of Health are working together to develop a single source of truth about who’s who in the South Island health sector – who works where, doing what and with whom.
It is called the Regional Service Provider Index (RSPI).The first step is to upgrade the Health Provider Index (HPI), which is the national database that uniquely identifies health providers. The information in the HPI is used in clinical applications across the South Island, for example Éclair and Comrad.
However, as South Island Alliance Information Services Programme Director Paul Goddard explains, the HPI has its limitations. “The HPI only includes registered health professionals, but they’re not the only people who deliver health care in our communities. There’s also social workers, speech language therapists and technicians, as well as support services like administrators and managers.”
Upgrading the HPI means more fields can be added to better categorise health care organisations, services, teams and people – and make meaningful connections between them. “Our clinical applications will contain more comprehensive, accurate and up-to-date information, which will ensure the right people receive the right information at the right time. It will also significantly reduce the administrative burden and costs of updating multiple unconnected systems.”
The RSPI programme of work is currently in the initiation phase. A business case has been completed and a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed with the Ministry of Health. The three North Island health alliances or shared service agencies are interested in the South Island approach to solve similar problems in their regions and are actively involved in the project.For more information, contact South Island Alliance Project Manager firstname.lastname@example.org.