The Canterbury District Health Board, in Christchurch, provides healthcare to more than 500,000 residents – 12 percent of the population on New Zealand’s South Island. It is a critical resource for the region, overseeing emergency services and general healthcare needs for a large, mostly rural area known for its agriculture, manufacturing, fishing, forestry and tourism.
Several years ago, the district turned to HPE to help modernize an increasingly complex IT architecture. CDHB leaders were facing challenges on a number of fronts, including compliance, the provisioning of IT resources and issues with runaway costs. But the biggest concern was with disaster recovery (DR). Clinical applications are critical to patient care, and the CDHB team wanted to ensure that its infrastructure had the resilience to keep systems up in the event of a significant emergency. Working with HPE and partners, the district embarked on a hybrid cloud journey that will provide that resilience.
In this video, Stella Ward shares their transformation journey and the challenges other healthcare providers should anticipate as they embrace the cloud. As an industry, healthcare is well known for investing heavily in technology for up-front life care and underfunding back-end systems that support the broader infrastructure. Stella is a pioneer whois working to change this perception.