Improvements are needed to the way health information is governed, managed and made available for use in New Zealand. This includes streamlining how information is shared.
The aim is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of how information is accessed and used, and to support greater oversight and coordination of information sharing – crucial for preserving public confidence in data privacy and security. The Ministry of Health is exploring ways to increase the value of data and information assets through better governance.
A draft Health Information Governance Framework, originally developed by the Health Information Governance Expert Advisory Group (HIGEAG) for use by the sector has been revised and re-framed by the Ministry to be applicable to all health information wherever it is held. The framework has also been amended to reflect the government’s interest in greater sharing of information across agencies.
The framework is expected to be released for limited consultation in the first half of 2017.