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German technology helps Waikato laboratory

National IT Board director Graham Osborne with Waikato DHB executives and staff (back row l/r) Darrin Hackett, Nigel Murray (front row l/r) Kay Stockman, Melinda Ching.

The implementation of world-class technology in Waikato District Health Board’s laboratories has been celebrated for its innovation.
Laboratory Information System (LIS) is the first of its kind in New Zealand and has digitalised the way specimens are processed, meaning that patients across district health boards in the Midlands health region are receiving results faster and more accurately.
National IT Board director Graham Osborne commended Waikato staff for their perseverance and commitment to taking the “harder road”, as the system they adopted needed to be translated from German into English.
“Take a moment and think about how it use to be and look where you are now. I think you all deserve a pat on your back,” he said.
Waikato District Health Board chief executive Dr Nigel Murray said the project was a benchmark in the way he wanted the organisation to move forward.

“This project signals what we need. Change and reform on the back of new infrastructure.”

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