A Capital and Coast District Health Board spokesman has denied speculation that after CIO Andre Snoxall leaves in August, the board may cooperate more closely with Hutt Valley DHB on IT and that the two boards may even share the same CIO.
"There's nothing to it - the position will be advertised as is usual," Capital and Coast DHB communications manager Michael Tull says.
Computerworld understands one of the leading contenders to replace Snoxall is Hutt Valley DHB CIO Tony Cooke and that if he were to get the job, there may be closer cooperation between the two DHBs.
The two DHBs share the same patient management system from IBA, and Capital and Coast DHB is no stranger to cooperating with other DHBs on IT - it has a joint venture arrangement with Taranaki DHB, HealthIntelligence, under which some services are shared.
If Capital and Coast and Hutt Valley DHBs were to work together more closely, it would mirror the situation in Auckland, where two of the region's DHBs - Waitemata and Counties-Manukau - get their IT services through healthAlliance, a shared services body.
Counties-Manukau and Waitemata share the same CIO, Phil Brimacombe.