EXCLUSIVE: Has IBM NZ missed first Health Benefits Limited deadline?

IBM New Zealand has allegedly failed in its bid to deliver on its first contractual deadline with the Crown company Health Benefits Limited.

“Two core tasks remain to be completed - activating the data centres and finalising DHB readiness plans. These tasks are scheduled to be completed in October.”

While refusing to confirm whether deadlines to activate the data centres and finalise the DHB readiness plans have in fact been pushed back to accommodate the delay, HBL did however stress that there would be zero impact on the overall migration plans.

“There will be no disruption to DHB services nor impact on the overall transition to the National Infrastructure Platform which is expected to take three years,” the spokesperson added.

According to Computerworld New Zealand sources however, the apparent delay, despite denials from HBL, will no doubt place the “whole program of work in jeopardy and limit the ability of the DHBs to reach the savings goals.”

As Director of the National Health IT Board, Graeme Osborne told the media in February that HBL selected IBM because of its “deep expertise in the healthcare sector”, as well as its credentials when it comes to “building and managing world-class enterprise grade cloud infrastructure solutions.”

But with speculation mounting, many in the industry have now questioned whether the local team been backed sufficiently at a global level with the necessary resources to effectively do the job?

The official party line paints the billon-dollar company as leaders in healthcare with cloud computing, but following with speculation growing, has this now been cast in doubt?

This story was updated at 12:33pm - Monday July 6.

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