C&C DHB and Taranaki DHB moving forward with individually tailored approaches to IT services

April 16, 2009

The Boards of Capital & Coast DHB and Taranaki DHB say a lot has been learned from a joint venture between the two DHBs on IT services, and they have agreed to move ahead without the formal company partnership.

In 2004 the two DHBs set up a 5-year service agreement to work together on the delivery of IT services.  As a consequence they created a joint venture company (owned jointly by the two DHBs) named HIQ.

While some significant progress has been made for both DHBs, the two Boards have each individually concluded that it now makes sense to focus on the specific IT needs of their own DHBs – and as such they will not be seeking to renew the service agreement when it expires in October this year.

In a joint statement, the two DHBs said that for the years ahead, each organisation has its own specific clinical and organisational Information Technology needs.  “While we have enjoyed a number of synergies and benefits from working together, we part on extremely amicable terms. Having mutually agreed that going forward the IT needs of each organisation will be best met by a service tailored to each DHBs’ specific needs and goals, and any other collaborations we may have.”

HIQ Ltd will become a fully owned subsidiary of Taranaki DHB, and staff who currently work for HIQ in New Plymouth will remain as HIQ Ltd employees. 

Meanwhile, the majority of HIQ staff in Wellington will move to a new internal IT directorate within C&C DHB.

While the separation takes effect from the end of June, the two DHBs will maintain a transitional arrangement to support one-another on IT for up to 12 months from that time.

For more information please call:

Lindsay Davis
Communications Advisor C&C DHB
ph 04 8061020 or 027 733 5359

Sue  Carrington
Media Adviser Taranaki DHH
ph 021 367 789

Last updated: Monday, April 27, 2009

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