Rapidly advancing technology is affecting many parts of our daily lives, including the way health professionals and everyday people access, and share, health information.
While new systems allow this to happen more easily and reliably, it is important that public confidence in data privacy and security is maintained. This is what information governance aims to achieve, along with helping to ensure the best possible health care and treatment are delivered.
Information governance sets the standard for the handling of personal health information and provides the tools and processes needed to attain that standard. This enables the information to be handled legally, securely, efficiently and effectively, and shared where appropriate.
The Ministry's Health Information Government Guidelines (previously called the Health Information Governance Framework) outline policies, procedures and other useful details for health providers who collect and share personal health information.