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nHIP heads back to Cabinet

Tuesday, 18 February 2020  
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The national Health Information Platform programme business case is due to be considered by Cabinet at the end of March.


The Ministry of Health is seeking a multi-year funding model with separate business cases developed to support four tranches of the programme.


The new platform is being developed to enable sharing of patient data and will “assemble a virtual electronic record on an ‘as required’ basis from multiple trusted sources, and provide access to data and services”, previously reported.


"Each tranche will deliver access to health information iteratively starting with core data such as demographics, medications and immunisations,” Ministry group manager digital strategy and investment Darren Douglass says.


“The content of each tranche will be determined through sector engagement and service design and will be informed by prioritising the backlog of demand, understanding what will deliver value and applying learnings from previous tranches.”


If the business case is approved, implementation of tranche one is scheduled to begin in July 2020, with tranche four completed in December 2026.


Key pieces of work delivered over that time include the commissioning of an nHIP data service, standards development, data governance and privacy, digital literacy and an API marketplace, as well as establishing a digital health identity.


A workstream on nHIP endorsement will encourage sector uptake and innovation and another will work on integrating with other systems such as patient portals, district health board clinical portals and general practice management systems.


A Sector Advisory Panel has been set up to provide input to the Ministry of Health to support the development of the nHIP business case.


“It is expected that following approval of the programme business case, the role of the panel will evolve with a focus on establishing the programme and supporting the investment case for the first delivery tranche”, Douglass says.


The Ministry has also engaged with industry body NZ Health IT and DHB consumer forums, he says.


An overview document about nHIP envisions a digital user experience that will be available via desktop, web, mobile and wearables.


The document says the programme of work will “transform access to, and use of, information” and enable transformed models of care.


It will also enhance collaboration and innovation and “enable consumers and their carers to become more active in managing their health and wellness”.


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