New Zealand Ministry of Health has adopted IBM government cloud service to meet its needs to operate an onshore Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) model.
“The cloud deal is a key element in improving the Ministry of Health’s ability to deliver shared services for the sector, which enables secure access to personal health records for patients and their health care providers,” said Graeme Osborne, director of the National Health IT Board.
The health ministry has signed on to IBM’s Cloud Managed Infrastructure Services for New Zealand Government. This is a cloud solution developed specifically for the public sector using onshore data centers for five years. The adoption of IBM Cloud follows a deal by Health Benefits to consolidate all 20 District Health Boards on IBM Cloud as part of the National Infrastructure Platform.
“IBM’s cloud services offer enterprise-grade cloud environment in New Zealand and will support new, enhanced services for the public, suppliers and staff,” says Andrew Buchanan, Cloud Business Leader, IBM New Zealand.
In March 2014, IBM New Zealand announced plans to invest NZ$10 million to expand its local cloud capability to meet the needs of New Zealand public sector agencies and private organizations.