HISO 10082:2020 COVID-19 Assessment and Testing Data Standard

Published online: 
16 December 2020

This is a standard for patient assessment and testing data sets that facilities should collect to support monitoring and reporting during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This standard has been produced in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The standard is designed to ensure that all patient assessments or tests for COVID-19 are consistently and completely recorded to enable properly informed health service response, surveillance and analytics.

This standard sets out the minimum data set needed to record administrative, demographic and clinical information for patients assessed or tested for COVID-19.

The requirements are for structured and coded data wherever possible, because this has the maximum utility for data analysis. 

This document is published as a draft standard that will be updated to reflect new requirements as they emerge.

See also COVID-19 data coding using SNOMED CT from SNOMED International, which references our standard.

Integration requirements

As required by the standard, conformant solutions will need to integrate with the National Health Index (NHI) and New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) systems to be most efficient.

The NHI system enables people being assessed or tested at a facility to be correctly identified. See the NHI interfaces page for details.

The NZBN is important because it can be used in most cases to identify the patient's employer. Everything you need to integrate with the NZBN is described in the NZBN API documentation. Code samples and an access token for immediate use are available from [email protected]. Developers can also sign up to NZBN and generate their own tokens specific to each application. 

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    16 December 2020
  • ISBN:
    977-1-99-002972-1 (online)
  • HP number:
  • Citation:
    Ministry of Health. 2020. HISO 10082:2020 COVID-19 Assessment and Testing Data Standard. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
  • Ordering information:
    Only soft copy available to download
  • Copyright status:

    Owned by the Ministry of Health and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence.

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