South Island Multidisciplinary Team Meeting (MDM) Project
- Internationally, advanced technologies have been successfully implemented to enhance the effectiveness of the Specialist MDM (IOCOM Visimeet in the UK (NHS) and Cisco WebEx in North East Melbourne, Australia)
- The Southern DHB has been working to find a solution to connect the Invercargill clinicians to the Dunedin MDM for the last 12 months.
- MOH has made available $200k one-off funding to support the development of MDM in the South Island and a further 200k in each of the other three regional cancer networks
- Funding will be used to enhance existing MDM facilities/services and in some cases invest in new technology in the tertiary and secondary centres.
To provide equitable access to high quality, multidisciplinary and timely decision making on treatment planning and care for patients across the South Island.
- To identify and implement an information technology solution that will improve the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of the current tertiary and secondary MDM
- To enable clinicians from the provincial hospitals the option to participate and link to the tertiary MDM resulting in improved collegiality, more efficient treatment decision making and a reduction in geographically based inequalities
- To make recommendation regarding MDM co-ordination
- To standardise the MDM forms
- To standardise MDM administration
- To provide a framework for MDM meeting protocol
- To provide a platform for electronic MDM data collection and analysis
- A South Island MDM Steering Group has been established and met for the first time on 20 May. It’s membership includes both clinical and IT expertise from across the South Island
- Project managers have commenced a period of consultation with MDM participants including clinicians, specialist nurses to confirm and ratify the minimum clinical requirements for MDM
(June - July 2011)
- This will provide information for a Request for Information (RFI) process that will enable vendors to present IT solutions for consideration (July - September 2011)
- International IT solutions that have been successfully implemented in the UK and Australia are also being considered.
- A shortlist of solutions will be widely tested by IT and clinical representatives and a decision made by the SI MDM Steering Group
- A procurement and implementation process will occur (September - November 2011)
In parallel, the project managers will work with MDM participants to standardise, develop and/or improve the MDM administration, co-ordination and data
Terms of Reference
MDT Survey Analysis (NHS)
Characteristics of an Effective MDT (NHS)
The Cancer Multi-disciplinary Team from the Co-ordinators' Perspective (UK)
Guidance for Implementing High Quality Multidisciplinary Meetings (MoH)