Cancer Multidisciplinary Meetings (MDMs)
In 2011-2012 the network facilitated the upgrade of audiovisual equipment in each of the Tauranga, Rotorua and Waikato Hospital radiology conference rooms. The equipment in each room includes three or four 55" HD LED monitors on which to view the diagnostic information simultaneously to enable streamlined discussion of each case. Later this year high definition video conferencing will be implemented and the referring clinicians will be able to participate in the discussion abut their patients.
Effective MDMs also support the new Faster Cancer Treatment initiative. The Ministry of Health released a Guidance document earlier this year. The network has completed a stocktake and gap analysis against the Guidance to inform a two year action plan improving Midland cancer MDMs.