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Who is HiNZ?

Health Informatics New Zealand (HiNZ) is a not-for-profit organisation that supports the field of health informatics, with a focus on events and professional development. Its annual conference is the largest digital health event in New Zealand and it has an extensive archive of expert presentations on digital health.


HiNZ members include health sector managers, clinicians, IT experts, industry managers, academics, students, and government personnel. HiNZ builds and strengthens connections between these groups and provides an impartial meeting place for sharing ideas and building knowledge about the use of information and technology in the health sector.


The organisation was founded in 2000 and is an incorporated society with a volunteer elected board and a paid management team. The HiNZ constitution contains the governing regulations of our organisation.



HiNZ members include clinicians, IT professionals, health sector managers, government, industry, academics, students, and other NGOs. HiNZ builds and strengthens connections between these groups and encourages the sharing of ideas across the sector. 


Membership is open to anyone with an interest in digital health. You don't need a specific qualification to become a member of HiNZ. Join now.


Who funds HiNZ?

The funding for HiNZ comes from membership fees, event registration fees, trade exhibitions, sponsorship and government grants. HiNZ has no majority funder from any one institution, company or government department, which enables HiNZ to be independent and neutral.


What is health informatics?

In essence, health informatics is about getting the right information to the right person at the right time. It is critical to the delivery of information to healthcare professionals so they can deliver the most appropriate care.


Health informatics is the science behind the convergence of healthcare, information technology and business. The practice of health informatics deals with the storage, retrieval, sharing, and optimal use of data that relates to human health, and considers how we use this knowledge for problem solving and decision making. Sometimes called digital health or e-health, the field of health informatics underpins a nation’s ability to deliver an affordable, flexible health system that provides better health outcomes to citizens.


Find out more about health informatics.


What services does HiNZ provide?

HiNZ has five key reasons for being:

  1. To enable a diverse group of professionals to collaborate on health informatics issues
  2. To provide a platform for the distribution of information about best practice in health informatics
  3. To support the professional development needs of members in health informatics.
  4. To encourage more people to develop dual expertise in health and information technology
  5. To raise awareness of the value that health informatics brings to health and wellness

HiNZ enables collaboration through a range of events. Its annual conference is the largest digital health event in New Zealand.


HiNZ provides expert information to members through its extensive webcast library, conference archive of slides & video, news listings, and a regular eNewsletter. The HiNZ eNewsletter is available to everyone including non-members - sign up today.


Who is NZHIT and how are they different to HiNZ?

New Zealand Health IT (NZHIT) is an industry group of health software companies, partners, consultants and healthcare providers, with a broad range of supporting members including academia, clinicians, researchers and policy makers. NZHIT advocates on behalf of the health IT industry and has organisation members.


In contrast, HiNZ is neutral (we don't advocate for the needs of any one group) and we have individual members from all disciplines across the heath sector.


Questions? Read our FAQ for members page or email us on

HiNZ, PO Box 300125, Albany, Auckland 0752, New Zealand.

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