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CiLN Advisory Panel update – May 2020

Sunday, 17 May 2020  
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Kia ora koutou katoa,


The past few weeks during the Covid-19 response have shown us that as health professionals we are committed to working together across the health system for the health and well-being of all New Zealanders. This aligns with the whakatauki that underpins the recently completed Clinical Informatics Position Statement: Me mahi tahi tātou mo te oranga o te katoa. 


As we start looking forward to what new future is going to emerge in the wake of Covid-19, the release of our position statement feels very timely. The pandemic has highlighted many of the deficits in our fragmented and legacy landscape, and the role of clinicians working across all sectors of the health information technology sector is vital to ensure that the data and digital systems meet the future needs of our patients and clinicians. 


Like many of you, I have been spending more time at home working remotely and spending my time on Zoom and Teams. My commute has shrunk down to a short walk to the home office and my usual view from the office has been replaced with one of my chickens free ranging about the back yard.


I am aware of the impact that lockdown and social isolation is having on my own wellbeing, and it is important for us all to take time to care of our health and welfare. There are some great resources to support wellbeing:


While we have been in lockdown, the numbers of medical emergencies I have attended as a qualified First Responder with Fire and Emergency NZ has decreased dramatically, and as we are coming out and exploring our regions I have been to a few motor vehicle accidents in the past couple of weeks. Please continue to stay safe out there! 


Karen Blake is co-chair of CiLN and head of clinical informatics at healthAlliance.


Read past advisory panel updates:

CiLN Advisory Panel update – April 2020

CiLN Advisory Panel update – March 2020

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