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Memo: Midland regional access cards

by Samuel Mackenzie | Mar 16, 2015

From:              Sam Mackenzie, Regional Electives Project Manager

Subject:          Regional access card

Date:               16th March 2015


The region’s CEOs approved a trial of regional access cards midway through 2014.

The aim of the trialled cards is to rectify an issue identified by regional clinical networks to allow clinicians and other staff who often work across multiple DHBs to be able to access those facilities efficiently.

A limited number of regional cards were ordered and distributed around Midland DHBs. Preference was given to clinical staff and a range of cards were issued, to a variety of staff roles, to maximise understanding of how the cards can best be utilised. Keeping the criteria tight meant that security was not compromised.

The concept was explored and implemented with DHB Senior Security personnel (David Wilson – Waikato; Robin Mcghie – BOP; Julie Mossman – Lakes; Darren Annear – Taranaki; Scott Saunders – Tarawhiti), Joel Rickard – Gallagher, Paul Coffey – Aotea Security. Regional clinical network chairs provided input and guidance (Derrell Meyer - Chair of regional Ophthalmology, Lorna Fox Chair of regional Chronic Pain) with oversight from Dale Oliff – Regional Electives Action Group Chair.

The trial was a success with access working for most clinical situations. This includes access to almost all regional sites and access into some wider commonly used sites (such as Auckland). Bay of Plenty is currently going through an upgrade of their technology which means they may be able to be included in the group later this year.

This is a great example of regional collaboration. Regional clinical staff raised an issue and Midland DHB staff got on board and created a solution. Access cards are part of clinical practice and this issue has been progressed thanks to the dedication of all staff involved.

This process has now been moved to a business as usual function and regional cards can now be obtained through the normal channels within participating Midland DHBs.

Healthshare and the regional clinical networks would like to thank those involved in this process for their time and dedication.

Samuel Mackenzie

Project Manager - Elective Services | Healthshare | 16 Clarence Street Hamilton | Midland District Health Boards |  p 07 839 1032 x22810  |  m 021 075 1716 | e | w 


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