NZ extends national EHR request for information
The New Zealand Ministry of Health has extended the closing date for its request for information (RFI) on the planned national electronic health record (EHR).
Citing a number of requests and “considerable global market interest”, the closing date has been extended by a week to September 22.
The ministry issued the RFI last month as a market research initiative, looking for ideas from providers about how to solve a set of problems, support change and adoption and manage technical integration.
The ministry hopes to develop a system that can create a summary record of a consumer’s health information “across care settings, geographies and time”. This will include not just data from episodes of clinical care but from consumer-generated data that can be accessed where and when it is needed.
An indicative business case (IBC) for the EHR, developed by Accenture, was submitted to a cabinet committee in July but was sent back to the ministry with a request for more detail on benefits and costs.
The IBC is due to be re-submitted in December, when a decision to move to a detailed business case will be made. The RFI will inform the addendum to the IBC, the ministry says.
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