Independent Review of New Zealand's Electronic Health Record Strategy

Published online: 
21 October 2015


The Minister of Health has requested an independent report on the benefits of a single electronic health record in New Zealand.

There are five key findings in the report.

  • Quality and productivity benefits are available by rationalising the systems used by secondary care facilities (eg, hospitals).
  • Creating a ‘single’ electronic health record that physically consolidates health information in one place will improve decision support and care coordination especially for complex patients with multiple long-term conditions.
  • Primary care needs to be connected real-time with the ‘single’ electronic health record.
  • Implement closed loop medicine management, as this is the area that offers the highest benefits in terms of patient safety and quality.
  • Develop consumer portal access to improve the ability to serve up information from a physical repository in real-time, through digital channels to consumers. Consumer engagement around their health and wellness is key to implementing a preventive or primary care-led strategy.

The Minister referred to this report during the Health Informatics New Zealand conference in Christchurch on 20 October 2015, where he announced a new health IT programme for 2015-2020.

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    21 October 2015
  • ISBN:
    Online: 978-0-947491-21-5
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    Only soft copy available to download
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    Third-party content. Please check the document or email the Web Manager to find out how to obtain permission to re-use content.

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