The IT infrastructure of the Tartu University Hospital is one of the largest in Estonia. All of the buildings used by the Hospital are attached to an integrated data communication network which uses ca 1500 workstation computers with various attachments and 70 servers.
The Informatics Administration includes an infrastructure department, development department and administration.
The infrastructure department guarantees data and telephone communication, hardware of workstation computers and servers, attachments and functioning of the server services of the hospital and solves all IT-related problems. Also, the infrastructure department deal with the maintenance of workstation computer software.
In order to serve the users of the Hospital's information system there is a round-the-clock IT support service which has the highest priority in the Informatics Administration.
In the development of IT infrastructure, the objective is set at virtualisation of server resources to improve their effectiveness, consolidating the data and avoiding duplicated data.
The employees of the development department deal with development and implementation of the information system applications and workstation computer software. The task may seem to be a simple one at first but is much more complex if produced in figures. Approximately 190 different software programmes are used in the hospital's workstation computers with the addition of 25 information system main applications.
One of the most complex and important tasks of the development department is to implement the new hospital information system or electronic medical history.
- Implementation and use of laboratory application e-laboratory in the United Laboratories.
- Implementation and use of electronic medical history in most clinics.
- International standards used in software development (HL7, SNOMED).
- Implemented modular server system which makes it possible to use the calculation resources of the servers in a better way, implemented a network area data storage solutions which guarantees the preservation of data and more effective and flexible use of the disk space. For the users of the information system, this means relaxed limits on the use of e-mail or home catalogue services and also better availability of the other information system services.
- The Data Protection Inspectorate has extended the permission of treating delicate personal data to all registered applications of the information system - consultation centres in Valga, Tallinn, Jõhvi, and Narva; electronic medical history and picture archiving and communication system (PACS) which is in use in Hospitals medical imaging.
- The implementation of electronic medical history in whole Hospital.
- In cooperation with Tartu City Government, the WiFi area shall be enlarged in order to enable patients to use the Internet in Maarjamõisa hospital buildings.
- A new data communication highway shall be built between the buildings at N. Lunini 6, Riia 167 and Raja 31 in order to improve the error resistance and speed of the hospital's data communication network.
- The working procedures of the informatics service shall be standardised in order to unify and improve the quality of IT services.