Government backs health IT exports

Cluster and two IT companies receive grants

The New Zealand Health IT Cluster and two Auckland companies have each received half-million-dollar grants from the government's Growth Services Fund to help them attack international markets.

Economic Development Minister Trevor Mallard announced a $500,000 grant from the fund has been awarded to the health cluster, an alliance of New Zealand-based health IT organisations.

Also, Auckland-based companies Healthphone and BrainZ each received $500,000 from the same fund to further develop their expertise and markets.

Healthphone has developed a patient health record solution accessible on laptops, tablets, PDAs or smart phones, allowing a GP or nurse to download key medical information to help care for patients. BrainZ develops and sells brain monitoring equipment.

Market development assistance grants of $100,000 each have also been approved for four health IT companies - Intrahealth, The Simpl Group, Precept and MedTech, to help the companies break into offshore markets.

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