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Information Systems for Public Health

Community and Public Health maintains an Information Systems capability, with a strong emphasis on the effective development and use of software and systems which directly support the work of Community and Public Health, and other partner agencies.

The Information Systems team developed and now maintain the following web-based applications:

  • The South Island Public Health Action Network (SIPHAN) Information Base – an information sharing/ discussion group system currently in use by public health networks, and health work stream groups.
  • Content Management System-based public health websites including:
  • Web portals and file sharing systems for drinking water quality assessment
  • Map Machine – an online Geographic Information System (GIS)
  • HealthScape – a database system recording and reporting on public health service activities and group collaborations.

Community and Public Health are also able to provide the following services to our DHBs and other agencies:

  • on-demand desktop GIS mapping and analysis
  • data management and analysis
  • development of applications.

Our particular interest is the sustainable provision of cost-effective information services and applications utilising existing capabilities and infrastructure within the regional public health sector.

Contact Chris Ambrose for more information on any of the applications or services mentioned (03 364 1777).

HealthScape: a highly adaptable database system

The most successful of CPH web applications is HealthScape; developed in-house by Information Architect Chris Ambrose who still oversees it.

HealthScape is similar to a patient management system such as HealthOne except it is focused on settings, not patients. HealthScape has been used for more than 10 years to record the interactions CPH staff have in settings such as schools, Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) and licensed premises. It allows staff to see what interactions other staff have with a particular organisation and what was discussed.

Regional Public Health’s installation of HealthScape in December 2014 means that this CPH application is now supporting public health services for ten district health boards.

CPH General Manager Evon Currie says that HealthScape provides an amazing overview of what public health is doing. “It’s no surprise that HealthScape is becoming more and more popular. It helps avoid duplication and promotes transparency, by providing up-to-date and consistent data on what’s happening. It runs off existing DHB IT infrastructure and software and supports a paperless environment” says Evon.

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