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Nigel Murray spent taxpayer money championing an American virtual health model

13 November 2017 Natalie Akoorie - New Zealand Herald
Dr Nigel Murray

Expenses for former Waikato District Health Board chief executive Dr Nigel Murray show tens of thousands of dollars spent on travel associated with HealthTap, the American company that powers SmartHealth.

It’s the latest revelation in Murray’s expenses scandal and comes as the State Services Commission yesterday announced how its investigation into the spending would proceed.

HealthTap is the DHB’s virtual health provider, a proposal for which Murray and board chairman Bob Simcock first presented to the board in June 2015.

A month later the board signed off the proposal one member said was “lacking in detail and substance”, and Murray and Simcock were delegated to make the final decision over committing to HealthTap.

Murray became a champion of the Silicon Valley interactive health company set up in Delaware but based at Palo Alto, near San Francisco.

Expense receipts show he originally spent $45,608 on international and domestic travel associated with HealthTap and SmartHealth.

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