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Auckland DHBs expanding shared services collaboration

The three district health boards in Auckland and the Northland district health board are merging their non-clinical services into one organisation, to be known as healthAlliance New Zealand Ltd, but the boards themselves are not merging, contrary to an earlier report on the Computerworld website.
The merger covers healthAlliance, the shared services organisation for the Waitemata and Counties Manukau District Health Boards; the Auckland District Health Board; and the Northland District Health Board.
The three member DHBs all currently have CIOs, but HealthAlliance New Zealand Ltd advertised the position of general manager, information services over the weekend. The job description states: "As General Manager Information Services, you will report directly to the CEO and lead a team of approximately 200 staff."
The IS general manager's job description includes stablishing and leading shared IS for the customer DHBs; reviewing and developing existing shared services arrangements; and identifying opportunities for collaboraton.
The shared services operation is the latest large scale public sector merger following the creation of the Auckland Supercity.