Health information standards

Published standards set requirements for the safe, secure and purposeful use and sharing of health information. Standards ensure the integrity of health information and that systems are interoperable. They are part of an ecosystem in which patients and consumers and their family/whānau have access to and control over their own information.

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HISO kōrero open forum

Join us 11.00am 11 August 2020 for the first in a series of 60-minute Zoom sessions to talk about the new data and digital standards for our health and disability system.

  • The what and why of standards
  • Introducing the new interoperability roadmap
  • Plus standards news from the Ministry

Register now for this free event.

Discussions are non-commercial and everyone is welcome. Email with your questions or post them to our Yammer group

HISO kōrero poster (PDF, 70 KB)

21 May 2020: HISO 10085:2020 COVID-19 Contact Tracing Data Standard published

The HISO 10085:2020 COVID-19 Contact Tracing Data Standard has been published as part of the COVID-19 response. The standard's purpose is to ensure that all data collected and used in the contact tracing process is well-defined, properly structured and coded, and supports interoperability.

The initial focus is about supporting the consumer registration process and recording consistent information about customers and visitors to business locations.

Health Information Standards Organisation (HISO)

HISO supports the development and adoption of health information standards in New Zealand.

All-of-Government data content requirements

All-of-government data content requirements for person name, date of birth and street address have been published on

HISO has been involved in the data content standardisation programme led by Stats NZ Tatauranga Aotearoa, and we are working to align our standards and systems to the new requirements.

Next up for the programme is work on location and phone number.

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