Health strategy group HISAC wins a new mandate

Body will deliver high-level advice to minister

The Health Information Strategy Advisory Committee (HISAC) has been reconstituted but with a different mandate.

Health Minister David Cunliffe says that in its new role, rather than working "bottom up”, encouraging individual health IT projects, HISAC will provide top-level advice direct to the minister.

Decisions made at ministerial level, on advice, will then be the responsibility of the Ministry of Health to implement across the health system, working in partnership with DHBs and other health providers.

"The sector has been great at identifying pockets of innovation but needs new mechanisms to achieve a fast and decisive roll out across the sector," Cunliffe says.

"HISAC will continue to provide independent advice on the Health Information Strategy and on investments in sector-wide health information solutions."

He says the appointments — all of which are for one year — demonstrate greater emphasis on clinical leadership and consumer participation.

Graeme Osborne, the Accident Compensation Corporation’s general manager of information management, will chair HISAC.

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