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CiLN response to the Health and Disability System Review Interim Report

Monday, 14 October 2019  
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The Clinical Informatics Leadership Network is a New Zealand-based multidisciplinary and responsive health network developed by and for clinicians with an interest in data and/or digital health.

As of October 2019, CiLN is represented by more than 230 clinicians of widespread professional skills, both within the public and private sector.

CiLN is pleased to see data and digital featured strongly in the Health and Disability System Review Interim Report. It is obvious that the reviewers recognise both the risks and benefits of advances in digital technology.

We endorse the expressed need for robust governance, effective analytics and the recognition that a workforce with digital skills/capability is vital to the future of healthcare in New Zealand. To this end CiLN would welcome the opportunity to collaborate with the Ministry of Health to provide a clinical partner for further conversation.

Clinicians are highly embedded in their digital environment and recognise, as does the report, the high level of technical debt that has been incurred in the New Zealand health system over many years.

This is reflected in both outdated hardware and software in our district health boards, but also in issues of interoperability and difficulties of scaling innovations. It is also noted that the lack of agility within DHBs has encouraged individual clinicians to develop digital solutions which then creates silos of data and digital development.

We are pleased to see the acknowledgement that chronic underinvestment is leading to increasing inefficiencies for the clinical workforce and we believe that as a group we are in a good position to partner towards improvement in the future. 

CiLN would like to emphasise the importance of broad clinical partnership when it comes to data and digital projects in the health sector and welcomes the opportunity to work alongside the data and digital team at the Ministry to provide a clinical voice.

CiLN would also welcome the opportunity to engage with the Health and Disability System Review Panel during the second phase of its work to discuss the importance of developing a clinical informatics workforce.

Source: Clinical Informatics Leadership Newtwork, October 2019


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