"The agreement is a key element in improving the Ministry of Health's ability to deliver shared services for the sector, which enables secure access to personal health records for patients and their health care providers", stated Graeme Osborne, Director of the National Health IT Board. "Our aim is to improve productivity and patient safety, and enable new models of care through strategic technology investments."
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, for a minimum of five years. Their adoption of IBM Cloud follows an agreement by Health Benefits Limited to consolidate all 20 District Health Boards on IBM Cloud as part of the National Infrastructure Platform.
IBM is a member of the Government ICT Common Capability IaaS panel managed by the Department of Internal Affairs, the government's ICT Functional Lead. With access to IBMs computing resources 'as-a-Service', government agencies will be able to provision new applications faster and scale up IT infrastructure as required, creating cost savings and avoiding the need to purchase additional server and storage capacity separately as new applications are developed.
"We continue to invest in advanced technology infrastructure vital for New Zealand's long-term economic growth. IBM's Cloud services offer customers like 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", stated Andrew Buchanan, Cloud Business Leader, IBM New Zealand. "This agreement further demonstrates our leadership and commitment to health care innovation."
IBM offers a comprehensive hybrid Cloud model, designed to meet the strategic business, security and data sovereignty needs of public and private sector clients operating locally and internationally. These services include the IBM Cloud Managed Infrastructure Services for New Zealand, IBM Cloud Managed Infrastructure Services for New Zealand Government, and cloud infrastructure from SoftLayer, an IBM company. These services enable IBMs local clients in New Zealand to leverage a mix of bare metal and virtual servers, storage, and networking in one integrated platform utilising IBM's global network of data centres.
IBM New Zealand's Cloud portfolio leverages earlier investments in advanced data centre infrastructure and follows an announcement in March 2014 to invest NZ$10 million to expand its local Cloud capability to meet the evolving needs of New Zealand public sector agencies and private organisations.