Electronic colposcopy and the new colposcopy standards update

Four DHBs have successfully implemented electronic messaging, and three others are in the final testing and implementation phase.
The National Screening Unit (NSU) is continuing to work with district health board (DHB) Colposcopy and Information Technology teams to assist with the upgrade of their colposcopy software and the implementation of electronic messaging.

Southern, MidCentral, Whanganui and Hawke’s Bay DHBs have successfully implemented electronic messaging, and Tairawhiti, South Canterbury and Taranaki DHBs are going through the final testing and implementation phase.

The remaining DHBs are all progressing well and we look forward to working further with them to implement electronic messaging and gain the benefits of this update. These include:

  • reduced clerical demands, including duplicate data entry
  • full and timely colposcopy data to the NCSP Register 
  • improvement in the quality of the colposcopy data for monitoring women on the NCSP.

The focus for the project team going forward is to ensure Gynaecology Plus software is Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010 compliant to assist the DHBs to meet this priority.  NSU will be working with Solutions Plus to progress the testing of the compliant software to meet the DHBs’ remediation path in line with their design requirements for the XP migration phase. 

In  addition the NSU, the NCSP Register and Solutions Plus are working together to support the upgrade of the NCSP Register and a new version of Gynaecology Plus to be completed by March 2014 so the programme will be able to receive the new data items required by the revised Colposcopy Standards.

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Page last updated: 30 October 2013