Single national technology contract to support public health agencies


A single nationwide contract to provide Microsoft services has been negotiated to provide new healthcare and disability system entities with the IT and software services they need, said Darren Douglass, head of the Digital Strategy and Investment Data group and digital from the Ministry of Health.

The deal between the Department of Health and Microsoft will support healthcare and disability reform and provide a number of benefits, including savings of $ 27 million over the three-year agreement and benefits. health system cybersecurity protection and resilience improvements.

The ministry contracted with Spark Health to execute the agreement with Microsoft.

The deal with Microsoft, worth an estimated $ 45 million per year, will cover the ministry, Health NZ, Māori Health Authority and District Health Boards (DHBs) and their shared service agencies. As of November 12, 2021, the ministry will manage both Microsoft and Spark Health LSP contracts on behalf of the healthcare industry.

“It makes sense to take a more strategic approach across health organizations as we move to a new business model for the health and disability system,” says Darren Douglass.

“This way we can get the most out of our investment in the health care of New Zealanders. Technology is a key part of the reforms and these agreements give Health New Zealand and the Māori Health Authority the tools they need from the start. “

Government agencies typically contract individually with Microsoft under a single head of government agreement negotiated by the Home Office every three years. This agreement was due to be renewed this year and as part of the renewal process, a variation specific to the health sector was negotiated to provide the health sector with additional concessions. During these negotiations, the Department of Health and DHB CIOs decided to consolidate Microsoft licensing agreements as part of the renewal process and develop a common strategic roadmap to maximize the value of the investment. and ensure consistency in the use of Microsoft technology in healthcare agencies.

“The new contract gives the public greater confidence in the technological systems and services used across the health and disability system,” said Darren Douglass.

“No matter where you live, you’ll know your hospital or other publicly funded health care provider can use the best tools available to keep you healthy. Much of this technology underpins the digital services provided to primary and community health organizations, so it makes sense to be consistent. “

The agreement also includes the increased deployment of Microsoft cybersecurity technology in healthcare agencies, which will improve protection and resilience to cyber attacks against healthcare systems and services.

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