Ministry partners with Deloitte to build new bowel screening IT system

News article

13 February 2019

The Ministry of Health has awarded the contract to build the IT system for the National Bowel Screening Programme (NBSP) to Deloitte.

Deloitte has been working with the Ministry over the past few months on planning and designing the solution, which is known as the National Screening Solution (NSS). It is based around Salesforce technology in conjunction with Deloitte’s Health Connect accelerator.

The NSS will provide the technology to run the NBSP as district health boards (DHBs) progressively join and start bowel screening.

Seven of the country’s 20 DHBs are now offering free bowel screening to eligible 60 to 74 year olds with the rest expected to join the national programme by the end of 2021.

Deborah Woodley, Deputy Director-General, Population Health and Prevention says the partnership with Deloitte has already delivered the blueprint for the design and the Ministry is excited to be moving to the build phase.

‘This is an important IT system that will enable the nationwide roll-out of bowel screening. It will manage the participant’s progress through the screening process by ensuring the secure and effective flow of relevant information between the parties involved.’

One of the reasons that the NSS is required to complete the roll out is because the current interim IT solution, that was initially designed to support the bowel screening pilot in Waitemata DHB, is unable to be expanded to support the national population of eligible screening participants.

The NSS will initially run alongside the interim IT solution, currently being used by the DHBs already participating in the programme, before ultimately replacing it.

Ms Woodley says the new platform will initially support the NBSP but has the capability to support other screening programmes in future, subject to separate approval and funding decisions.

‘The Ministry views the NSS as a long-term strategic asset which it hopes overtime will support multiple screening programmes.’

Thorsten Engel from Deloitte says: ‘Our team is very excited to be making a real impact on the health and well-being of New Zealanders. The NSS platform will provide the fundamental capabilities necessary to reach our population where it matters the most and supports the nationwide roll-out of a screening programme that will save lives.’

New Zealand has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the developed world. The National Bowel Screening Programme is designed to save lives by helping find bowel cancer early, when it can often be successfully treated. Bowel screening can also detect and remove polyps (growths) that may develop into a cancer over a number of years.

To find out more go to National Bowel Screening Programme.