Vendor community support for NZ Health IT Plan

This article first appeared in the October 2014 issue of Pulse+IT Magazine.
Considerable progress has been made in achieving the overall objectives of New Zealand’s 2010 health IT plan, with an update released late last year. The health IT vendor community is supporting the updated plan’s priorities, which include electronic medication management, national clinical solutions, regional information platforms and community-based integrated care initiatives.

New Zealand’s health sector has experienced considerable levels of change and progress over the past five years, with IT being viewed positively as an enabler in supporting quality-based health outcomes. A key driver for this has been the leadership provided by the National Health IT Board (NHITB) with the development and implementation of the National Health IT Plan (IT Plan).

The original version of this plan was released in September 2010 and was based on the sector implementing a limited number of regional and national platforms as well as a focus on developing shared care to support an integrated model of care. This has also been supported by the vendor community taking up the challenge to develop the systems required as well as accepting their part in leading the much-needed sector changes.

The IT Plan was then reviewed with an update released in 2013 that took the original plan further. There were four priorities identified for IT investment in 2014 and beyond: electronic medication management, national clinical solutions, regional information platforms and community-based integrated care initiatives. Considerable progress has been made in achieving the overall objectives of the original plan as well as the priorities established in the updated plan.

Whilst strong and purposeful leadership from right across the sector has been a cornerstone to achieving so much in a relatively short period of time, there still remain challenges that will need to be addressed in order for progress to continue. In the IT Plan these revolve around governance, funding and capability whilst standards, common platforms, surety of investment and reduction of inefficient practices are factors that the vendor community would also view as important.

To read the full story, click here for the October 2014 issue of Pulse+IT Magazine.

Posted in New Zealand eHealth

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