by Divina Paredes

Northern district health boards merge non-clinical services

Feb 21, 2011
Technology Industry

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. The shared services operation is the latest large scale public sector merger following the creation of the Auckland Supercity.

Barry Vryenhoek has been appointed as the new chief executive of the organisation and will start his role on March 14.

Vryenhoek has held several corporate services and operations leadership roles with the NZ Army, where he is currently General Manager of Corporate Support and Chief Financial Officer (Army).

It is not yet known whether a CIO will be appointed for the new organisation, or what the reporting lines will be for the information services teams.

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 entities all have CIOs.

The support functions provided by the new healthAlliance will be for non-clinical services namely procurement and supply chain, finance, information services, staff service centre (payroll processing), business solutions and the Auckland Regional Internal Audit Service, according to Michelle Noakes, business communications specialist at healthAlliance.

The three are listed in the MIS100 report on the top IT using organisations in New Zealand. According to the 2010 report, the screen numbers for each of the organisations are 7894 for healthAlliance; 6410 for the Auckland District Health Board; and 2942 for the Northland District Health Board. The figures include all desktops, laptops, servers, terminals, thin clients and smart phones that are centrally supported. When planning began for the merger, the new entity was initially referred to as the Northern Region Shared Services Organisation.

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