Intrahealth wins Defence IT contract

Individual medical record for all Defence Force staff

Local medical software provider Intrahealth has won a contract to provide a patient management system to the New Zealand Defence Force.

The Defence Force tendered last year for the system, which will provide an individual medical record for each of its 10,000 staff.

The tender was released after the Defence Force contracted PricewaterhouseCoopers to review its medical information systems, following a report from the Audit Office which noted there were shortcomings in its existing systems, especially relating to vaccination status, recall programmes and treatment received by personnel deployed overseas.

In December 2003, Defence CIO Ron Hooton told Computerworld the force runs medical services for all enlisted personnel.

"They get all their medical care through the Force, so it's like a giant GP practice and what we're looking to achieve is a system that captures the medical records of all personnel as if we were a general practice."

Further details, such as the value of the contract, were unavailable last week.

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