NZHIT rebrands as Digital Health Association

New Zealand’s healthcare IT industry association NZHIT has rebranded as the Digital Health Association (DHA) in what it calls the move to the “fourth industrial revolution”.

NZHIT has been around since 2002 and now represents over 170 members, including software and hardware vendors, healthcare providers, consultancies, legal, insurance, banking, and government and regional agencies.

DHA CEO Ryl Jensen said the new name reflected the breadth of its membership and the expansion of health IT into digital health.

“A feature of 2022 will be the continued and accelerated rise of virtual and eHealth developments, including analytics, artificial intelligence, robotics, the Internet of Things, health apps and virtual reality,” Ms Jensen said.

“This is a worldwide shift, that sees the physical, digital and biological worlds coming together. The change will happen faster than anything we have seen before.”

Ms Jensen pointed to the COVID-19 response as showing the critical role digital health plays in keeping people safe.

“We have seen the development of solutions such as the Covid Tracer App, the national contact tracing solution, the COVID-19 immunisation register, and My Vaccine Pass,” she said.

“Ensuring access to the right information by the right people at the right time can improve safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of care.”

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Tags: NZHIT, Digital Health Association

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