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Submission to HCIRO Journal


Health Care and Informatics Review Online (HCIRO) is dedicated to reviewing and interpreting significant developments in healthcare delivery with a particular focus on health informatics. The journal is the only New Zealand based journal focusing on health information technology issues and has been publishing since 1996. The journal has a wide local and international readership, and is gaining credibility in business and academic circles as the authoritative voice for New Zealand’s thought-leadership in Health Informatics. 


In 2007 HCIRO became the official journal of Health Informatics New Zealand (HINZ). The focus of the journal is on knowledge gained through the practical experience of managing health issues and the material is relevant to a wide variety of managers and practitioners. Its objectives are to facilitate the exchange of ideas between interested members of the health sector and to develop a widely accessible resource of experience in health delivery. HCIRO is freely available on the internet and attracts readership from around the world.


The journal's International Standard Serial Number is ISSN 1174-337.


The journal has a prestigious editorial board, comprising members of the sector who have extensive knowledge of health informatics from a practical and academic background. The editorial board is responsible for sign off on the quality of each publication.


Board Members
  • Dave Parry, Associate Professor, Auckland University of Technology
  • Jim Warren, Chair in Health Informatics for The University of Auckland
  • Peter Davis, University of Auckland
  • Andrew Georgiou, University of New South Wales
  • Karolyn Kerr
  • Kannan Subramaniam
  • Stephen Chu
  • Vicky Elfrink, Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing - The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio-USA, Senior Associate, Telehealth Inc., Frederick, MD and Adjunct Professor of Nursing for UNITEC, Auckland, New Zealand

The editorial board is working towards the requirements for the Journal to be indexed on Medline and CINAHL.


Papers are sought that are:

  • 5,000 words or less
  • Of interest to the health informatics community
  • Practically focused OR academic
  • From anyone with an interest in the area including clinical staff, students, practitioners and academics
  • Papers describing the New Zealand and South Pacific experience are especially sought after.

There are a number of paper formats:

  • Scientific papers/ original research will normally include an abstract of up to 200 words, introduction, methods, results and discussion/conclusion
  • References should be provided in The BMJ format (Vancouver style)
  • As an online journal, hyperlinks to sources of data or even multimedia files – such as YouTube Videos etc. can be accommodated
  • Original clinical observations accompanied by analysis and discussion are similar
  • Case reports and practice notes are also sought; these can be shorter- up to 3000 words and cover a particularly interesting use of informatics, or a description of an important event.

More specialised article types include: 

  • Analysis of philosophical, ethical, or social aspects of the health professions or
    biomedical sciences
  • Critical reviews
  • Statistical compilations
  • Descriptions of evaluation of methods or procedures
  • Personal views and guest editorials are called for as when required especially for
    special editions
  • Upcoming special editions are planned on nursing informatics, student work
    and medical devices.
Paper submission

Please note that this journal is published online only.  We welcome the submission of papers as described above.  The normal review time for papers is 8-10 weeks and papers are published quarterly.


To submit a paper, or discuss a topic that might be of interest, please email the journal editor

Dr Dave Parry.



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