Latest news from bowel screening programme

Lakes DHB, which covers Rotorua and Taupo, joined the National Bowel Screening Programme last month. It's the eighth DHB to join and the first in the Midland region.

Lakes has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the country. Over the next two years around 17,000 eligible residents aged 60 to 74 will be invited to complete a screening test. To find out more, read: Ministry welcomes Lakes DHB to the National Bowel Screening Programme

The other big news on the bowel screening programme is that the development of the new IT system is underway.

Deloitte is partnering with the Ministry of Health to build the National Screening Solution (NSS) that will support bowel screening and potentially other screening programmes in the future.

The NSS has been designed to manage the participant’s journey through the screening process by ensuring the secure and effective flow of information between the parties involved. This requires it to exchange information with a number of systems both within the Ministry, such as the National Health Index (NHI) and third parties like LabPlus, who analyse the participant’s initial screening test.

One of the reasons the NSS is required to complete the roll out is because the interim IT solution currently being used, is unable to expand to support the national population of eligible screening participants.

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Page last updated: 03 April 2019