Govt announces $12m fund for health innovations

A new $12 million fund will be used over the next four years to trial health innovations and new technologies, Health Minister Tony Ryall says.

The National Health Committee would give guidance on which new services should be funded for the benefit of patients throughout the public health service, he said.

"For a long time, health innovations and improvements have been introduced in silos -- where one DHB has offered new technologies and ways of doing things, others have never heard of them," Mr Ryall said.

The fund will support the trial, test or assessment of new technologies.

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