News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Y2K has long term benefits for hospital and health

HOSPITAL and health services will reap longer term benefits from their efforts
to become Y2K compliant, says Ministry of Health Y2K project manager Steve

"While it has taken much work on the part of hospital and health services, every
service now has a updated effective business plan for managing emergencies," Mr
Brazier said.

"It has been a good test of project management skills, and has resulted in
services carrying out comprehensive audits and reviews of their processes."

Mr Brazier said some had identified where they could optimise resource use
during the "top to bottom and bottom to top review".

"For example, some found they were lighting an empty area or using electricity
unnecessarily. Positive change was in some cases made immediately as a result of
the work, done primarily to help them prepare for Y2K.

"The audit of medical equipment to ensure it was Y2K compliant meant a total
stocktake and ensures more than ever that the services now know their machines
inside-out after extensive testing.

"And the cost has not been as large as predicted. On average only about 4 per
cent of medical equipment failed Y2K tests and needed to be fixed or replaced.
None of the equipment which failed would have affected patient safety."

Mr Brazier said services had continued their practice of cooperating to share
their experiences and making positive suggestions to help others. Already
established national and international support networks were strengthened as a
result, he said.

"More than ever, the public can now be confident of their health services
knowledge of processes and equipment and that they will handle an emergency
competently," he said.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'

The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>

Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>

Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>

Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland