IT takes a back seat in shared health system evaluation

111-strong HMSC evaluation team studies 30 tender responses

A 111-member team is evaluating 30 proposals for a health IT system to be shared by at least seven district health boards (DHBs).

The DHBs have combined in an effort to transform the way health care is provided in and across their regions through a major, shared information technology upgrade. The group, comprising the Canterbury, Nelson Marlborough, South Canterbury, MidCentral, Wairarapa, Whanganui and Northland DHBs, calls itself the Health Management System Collaborative (HMSC).

According to the consultancy leading the procurement, Simpl, 56% of the evaluation team are health professionals rather than IT people.

That figure was released yesterday to the HMSC's governance group, comprising the DHB CEOs and clinical and primary health representatives. Simpl CEO Bennett Medary says ot demonstrates that the HMSC will be a clinically led transformation, enabled but not led by IT.

The rest of the evaluation team includes IT, administration and general management staff.


The numbers were put forward after the HMSC's governance group asked for plans and evidence that there was a significant level of timely clinical engagement with DHB health professionals and primary sector representatives in the project.


“The DHB CIOs have done a fantastic job of coordinating the involvement of health professionals and ensuring that this initiative is seen as a service transformation project rather than an IT procurement exercise,” says Medary.

The shared system tender was issued in late December.

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