Microsoft New Zealand confirmed that all public cloud services Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online have met the Ministry’s requirements for storage of personal health information.
Barrie Sheers, Managing Director for Microsoft New Zealand, says the acceptance of Public Cloud will transform New Zealand’s eHealth agenda.
Sheers stated New Zealand is a star player in health technology innovation in an industry that is worth $1.3 billion.
“With leading exporters like Orion Health, and more than a hundred other smaller independent software vendors, the health tech sector in New Zealand is one that continues to grow and provide burgeoning opportunity for export to the fast growing global health market.”
Support from Health Industry Experts
According to Scott Arrol, Chief Executive of New Zealand Health IT, the acceptance will allow health providers to utilize advanced technologies to deliver enhanced health services.
Arrol believes that Microsoft´s cloud will provide another platform to operate business models, develop and deploy innovative solutions for markets. It will advance the country’s ability to be a leader in the delivery of high quality, responsive and personalized health outcomes.
Ian McCrae, CEO of Orion Health, also affirmed the government’s decision. He states it shows the Ministry of Health is progressive and leading the way on eHealth internationally.
“Orion Health is at the forefront of precision medicine, which will require the capture, storage, analysis and delivery of terabytes of data about an individual’s health record, including genomic, device, microbiomic and environmental information,” says McCrae.
Gabe Rijpma, Senior Director of Health and Social Services at Microsoft says, “The local health tech sector has already been rapidly adopting the public cloud to develop futuristic solutions, but until the announcements this week have only been able to sell those solutions in international markets.”
Among other IT solution providers for Health Sector, Datacom, Stratos, Volpara, McKesson, and Intergen are using Microsoft’s cloud services.