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National EHR delayed as business case yet to go back to Cabinet

Tuesday, 30 October 2018  
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The National Electronic Health Record has been renamed the Health Information Platform, but the indicative business case has not gone back to Cabinet for approval.


An indicative business case for a National EHR was developed and presented to the Cabinet Committee on State Sector Reform and Expenditure Control in July 2017.


It makes the case for change and looks at the options, requirements and deliverables of an EHR,” the Ministry of Health website says.


The committee requested further information on the costs and benefits of an EHR and these were expected to go back to Cabinet for approval in December 2017. 


MoH group manager digital strategy and investment Darren Douglass says officials have been preparing a Cabinet paper seeking approval to proceed to development of a detailed business case for a national Health Information Platform. 

He says the delay is due to the time taken to ensure alignment of the national platform’s investment objectives with the government’s priorities and Ministry’s work programme.

“The Ministry cannot provide an indication of when Cabinet will consider progressing to a detailed business case,” Douglass says. 

“Work on a detailed business case will only commence once Cabinet has given approval to proceed.” 


The plan to build a National EHR was expected to take three to five years when first announced by government at the HiNZ 2015 conference.

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