Ministry of Health signs up to IBM's government cloud

The New Zealand Ministry of Health has signed on to IBM's specifically designed cloud-based managed infrastructure service for a minimum of five years, following an earlier decision by Health Benefits Limited to consolidate all of the district health boards on IBM's cloud offering.

The cloud platform will support the National Health Index database and other national health systems.

National Health IT Board director Graeme Osborne said the agreement was a key element in improving the Ministry of Health's ability to deliver shared services for the sector, including secure access to personal health records for patients and their healthcare providers.

The Ministry has signed on to IBM's Cloud Managed Infrastructure Services for New Zealand Government, a cloud solution developed specifically for the public sector using onshore data centres.

With access to IBM's computing resources as a service, government agencies will be able to scale up IT infrastructure as required, avoiding the need to purchase additional server and storage capacity separately as new applications are developed, according to IBM.

Andrew Buchanan, cloud business leader for IBM New Zealand, said the company's cloud services offer the Ministry of Health “the most comprehensive enterprise-grade cloud environment in New Zealand and will support new, enhanced services for the public, suppliers and staff”.

Posted in New Zealand eHealth

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