To accelerate smart ideas, products and services to improve health outcomes.

We provide DHB innovators with advice on product and service ideas to bring them to reality. We identify and develop innovations and ideas for the benefit of the New Zealand health system.

We are a partnership with the three biggest District Health Boards, Auckland, Counties Manukau and Canterbury. We also receive support from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

"If I find 10,000 ways something won’t work, I haven’t failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward." - Thomas Edison

"Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought."

Albert von Szent- GyorgyNobel prize winner in Physiology & Medicine 1937

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who owns the NZHIH?

The Hub is a partnership between three of New Zealand’s biggest DHBs: Auckland, Canterbury and Counties Manukau. We are also supported by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Q. What services does the NZHIH offer?

We have a simple yet rigorous approach to evaluating your ideas. With clear decision points, from initial review and assessment, through to ultimate commercialisation if your idea shows high potential. We access expert clinical, technical, legal, marketing and commercial advice to help guide decisions.

Q. What sort of Ideas are we looking for?

We are looking for ideas that can be widely adopted because they:

  • make a material difference to people’s health, here and in other countries;
  • make clinicians’ jobs easier and more effective, so clinicians will want to adopt them; and
  • reduce the cost of care, so public and private funders will want to fund them.

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