The Ministry of Health welcomes the finding of Privacy Commissioner John Edwards confirming that there is no evidence to justify an investigation into Procare Health.
The Ministry notes the Privacy Commissioner’s finding that Procare appears to have acted responsibly in the creation of its CIS database.
This finding supports the need for PHOs to access information from their practices in order to deliver effective health services. The Ministry supports this approach and expects that PHOs manage such information to ensure privacy, confidentiality and security.
There are already established guidelines in place in the Health Information Security Framework, the Health Information Privacy Code and Health Information Governance Guidelines.
Information sharing, subject to appropriate controls and oversight, is fundamental to the delivery of safe and effective health care and supports improved coordination and cooperation between services.
Chief Technology and Digital Services Officer Ann-Marie Cavanagh says "we want to ensure consumers know how their sensitive personal information is going to be used, and are given the opportunity to consent to that use.
“Consumers expect appropriate information sharing between health services through the use of technology. Equally consumers’ trust in the privacy and security of their information is critical.
"We are committed to being open and transparent with New Zealanders to ensure public trust and confidence in health data being shared across the sector, and the benefits that will bring to their health and wellness."