Microsoft New Zealand has signed a three-year cloud services agreement with New Zealand government agency Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC), which will see the agency migrate its operation to the Azure cloud.
The organisation is responsible for administering the country’s no-fault accidental injury compensation scheme, which provides financial support to New Zealanders when they suffer a personal injury.
“We’ve had a long relationship with Microsoft, which stood us in very good stead during the huge disruption we and all organisations faced in 2020,” said Peter Fletcher, chief technology and innovation officer at ACC. “This new agreement reaffirms and builds on that partnership to enable more linked-up use of data, so we can provide better pathways through care and deliver more equitable health outcomes throughout Aotearoa (New Zealand).”
ACC will also make use of Microsoft’s forthcoming hyperscale data centre region, which will enable sensitive patient data to be stored within New Zealand’s borders. The virtually unlimited capacity of public cloud will also enable ACC’s data storage and processing capabilities to scale up along with it, without needing to invest in new infrastructure.
“We’re hugely excited to be renewing our relationship with ACC and taking it to the next level with this cloud agreement,” said Vanessa Sorenson, managing director of Microsoft New Zealand. “Nothing is more important than our health and well-being, as the past 18 months have shown us. And I want to congratulate ACC on leading the way in cloud and artificial intelligence to help all New Zealanders stay safe and healthy. With greater insights, we’re not only helping prevent injury and creating more joined-up pathways through our health system, but also saving our healthcare providers time that can be spent seeing more patients.”
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