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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16 April 2021:  HISO 10058.1 Infection Surveillance Data Standard

This standard outlines the nationally agreed data elements for capturing patient and cancer information to support the cancer multidisciplinary process.

View HISO 10038.4 Cancer Multidisciplinary Meeting Data Standard

16 April 2021:  HISO 10058.1 Infection Surveillance Data Standard

This standard defines the format and structure for capturing the information used to undertake surveillance of health care-associated infections.

View HISO 10058.1 Infection Surveillance Data Standard

12 April 2021: New members sought for HISO

HISO is the kaitiaki and governing body of data and digital standards for the New Zealand health and disability system. We work closely with health providers and their industry partners to set and drive the adoption of standards for data, identity, security and interoperability.

Currently, we’re looking for public-spirited clinicians, researchers and health administrators who can be our champions for the use of data and technology standards to improve the consumer experience and patient safety.

HISO meets monthly in person or remotely, and attendance and travel is paid in accord with the Cabinet Fees Framework.

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2 March 2020:  HISO 10059:2021 Oral Health Data Standard

This standard defines administrative and clinical data elements and service codes that constitute a minimum dataset for DHB Community Oral Health Services (COHS) and Hospital Dental Services (HDS).
View the HISO 10059:2021 Oral Health Data Standard.

11 September 2020: Interoperability roadmap published

Our new interoperability roadmap for the health and disability system has now been published.

The roadmap sets out practical steps over the next two years to accelerate the shift to a fully interoperable digital health ecosystem.  Find out more about the roadmap.

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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