Health information standards

Browse through our standards development, maintenance and review processes, the current approved and endorsed standards, and the standards undergoing development.

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The role of standards in health

There are a number of standards within the health sector. We rely on standards of practice and approvals to keep New Zealanders safe through a safe health system. For example, we expect that approved drugs have been tested and proven to be safe and effective.

While systems to ensure that the practice of health care is safe and effective have been in place for some time, standards around the information used in health care are relatively recent. They have come into being as a result of changing technologies and changes in the way health care is delivered. They are designed specifically to support the increasing need to safely and securely exchange an increasing variety of information detailing patient treatment and care needs between various health care providers.

Successful information exchange requires not only the existence of a physical technical connection between systems, but also that the meaning of the information being exchanged is not lost or degraded. In other words, semantic interoperability is an absolute requirement of a modern health system and one which can only be accomplished with the universal adoption of appropriate standards.

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