Unique partnership wins health contract

Unique partnership wins health contract

A UNIQUE partnership has secured a lucrative public health contract that is set to be implemented nationally.

When the Ministry of Health put out a tender for the school-based vaccination system with Simpl, the Hutt Valley District Health Board (HVDHB) figured they had a good chance to win the contract by combining their resources.

According to HVDHB CIO Tony Cooke, the board brought its experience of the “subject matter” to the partnership, while Simpl provided its software development knowledge.

While Simpl is the main vendor on the project, HVDHB is listed as a subcontractor, but the two organisations developed the system to manage school-based vaccinations for meningococcal B jointly.

The system was selected following a pilot run in a number of Hutt Valley schools, and will be rolled out by the ministry to the Counties Manukau DHB this month as a trail before being deployed to other Public Health Units and health boards.

Cooke says while the board will benefit financially from the project, to cover the cost of committing staff to the project, the greatest gain from its involvement is the transfer of skills while working closely with Simpl.

And seeing the fruit of their labour being rolled-out has been the most rewarding aspect. “Joining forces with an integrator and tendering for a project was a first for us. It was great rubbing shoulders with Simpl and the knowledge transfer has been very valuable.”

Simpl’s Jodi Mitchell says this type of partnership model is ideal for New Zealand. “The combined strength of an experienced systems integrator working directly alongside subject matter experts and trial partners from health is key to the success of our government’s initiatives in this area.”

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