The New Zealand health IT hot top 20

The announcement that New Zealand will create a national electronic health record (EHR) for all of its citizens was unsurprisingly the most-read Kiwi story on Pulse+IT in 2015. It's also very apparent that anything to do with Orion Health is of real interest to readers, which again is no surprise.

Patient portals were of interest, as were new developments from GP desktop market leader Medtech, and the growing interest in telehealth also became apparent. Australian company Best Practice's unexpected decision to buy Hamilton firm Houston Medical raised some eyebrows, as did the demise of Auckland's HSAGlobal.

1. The national EHR announcement at HiNZ 2015 in Christchurch in October got massive hits

2. Best Practice's buy-out of Houston Medical also rated highly on both sides of the Tasman

3. Three big names in NZ health IT got together to form NZ Health Inc

4. Orion's Rhapsody is being used as part of the $4.3bn US armed forces EMR project

5. Telehealth start-up Doctor2Go made the news with its click and call' service

6. Orion Health was probably the first vendor off the blocks to support FHIR

7. Patients First released economic modelling to support the take-up of patient portals

8. HealthLink went national with CareSelect for 'any to any' referrals for GPs

9. The NZ health minister is keen on patient portals

10. A study using robots for the elderly in Gore proved internationally popular

11. The NZ Health IT Board kicked off its national EHR design phase

12. Orion and the South Island formalised their agreement for new PICS system

13. Orion's international plans were also of interest in NZ and Australia

14. Medicines New Zealand has a five-year plan, with IT at the heart

15. In May, a bunch of NZ health IT companies pitched across the ditch

16. HSAGlobal was wound up after the sale of its assets to Whanau Tahi

17. More on patient portals and how they are being used in general practice

18. The controversial Health Benefits Ltd was dumped and its assets returned to DHBs

19. National telehealth service provider Homecare Medical named its tech partners

20. Medtech geared up for a new release with enhanced ManageMyHealth capabilities

Posted in New Zealand eHealth

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