The National Health and Medical Research Council has moved away from the Department of Health and Ageing, signing an outsourcing contact with IT business and services company Logica.
The three-year contract (worth $7.64 million) is for the provision of ICT services, infrastructure and support for the NHMRC staff located in Canberra and Melbourne working at the National Institute of Clinical Studies. Under this contract, Logica will also support the NHMRC’s requirements for back office infrastructure services for remote staff.
For some time, Intermedium has been monitoring developments in the Department of Health and Ageing (DHA), and has noted the gradual consolidation of responsibilities, shedding tasks that are not top priority for a policy agency. NHMRC (along with Therapeutic Goods Administration) are agencies within the DHA portfolio that are “going their own way” on ICT.
Logica will implement new infrastructure, including a scalable and secure gateway; data networks infrastructure and provide service desk establishment, service management; security management, and desktop, server, and network support. Logica will also implement ICT infrastructure to support the NHMRC’s grant management program.
Logica will transfer services from the incumbent provider, IBM, which has provided DHA with IT outsourcing services since 2002.