Architecture and standards working groups

Health Sector Architects Group and Health Information Standards Organisation (HISO) joint technical working groups are underway to update and develop the reference architectures and information standards that enable a digital health ecosystem.

September update: Draft outputs for comment

Each of the three working groups has produced draft outputs that are open for feedback and comment.

When the working groups were formed, an undertaking was given to regularly post developing material to allow interested or affected parties to engage and provide feedback. While the following outputs from the three working groups are all quite different, they are all related as enablers for the Digital Health Strategy. The deliverables are: 

Besides feedback on the detail contained in each of these documents, views are sought on the principles and broad themes that are emerging.

Across the three groups there is a clear emphasis on opening up the environment, moving from closed networks to secure communication over the Internet, using the cloud, replacing proprietary and outdated methods of integration with open APIs, and a general emphasis on international standards and Internet-friendly protocols.

Views are also welcomed on standards adoption, conformance testing, certification and panels of suppliers.

All of the work is at an early stage and subject to decisions on priorities and funding. 

Email your comments to standards@health.govt.nz or post feedback on the collaboration site: https://www.yammer.com/healthsectorarchitecture

An industry briefing organised by NZHIT is planned for late October, and interested parties are also welcome to attend the Health Sector Architects Group workshop on 21 November in Wellington to learn more about these topics and discuss them with the teams.

Why this work is needed

We are in the age of the online citizen: that applies to health, too. Patient empowerment through the internet and connected health digital-wearables put patients at centre of health care. The NZ Vision for Health Technology and the Digital Health Strategy (in development) place emphasis on:

  • enabling patients to be an active participant in their use of health services
  • the management of their health data and
  • the collection/sharing of health data and insights.

It's therefore important that health information standards remain relevant and supportive of the Digital Health Strategy, and provider and consumer expectations.

We have formed the following groups:

  • Connected Health Working Group
  • Interoperability Working Group
  • Digital Identity Working Group.

Each group comprises a core team responsible for producing the outputs, and a wider review group of subject matter experts.

The problem statement and terms of reference for each group are set out here:

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