Health app sucks up DHB funds
Waikato District Health Board allegedly gave the go-ahead to a multimillion-dollar virtual health initiative based on incomplete paperwork. Since its launch in 2016, 8760 people registered with the DHB’s virtual health app, dubbed SmartHealth, with allegations the bulk of signed-up users are DHB employees.
The board purchased the app in 2015 with the aim of giving people access to doctors via smartphones and tablets.
Waikato health executives have repeatedly refused to disclose the cost of the app platform - estimated to be $8 million - or release the strategic business case used to support its purchase.
A Waikato Hospital source who spoke on the condition of anonymity said board members agreed to purchase the app from US health company HealthTap in July 2015, despite the absence of a completed business case.
Instead, initial sign-off was given based on a one-page document presented by DHB chief executive Nigel Murray, the source said. Murray has been on leave since mid-July following allegations of unauthorised spending.