The Ministry of Health has announced that Revera will host and support its new health identity system. A statement from the Ministry reads: "The new system will replace the now obsolete technology supporting the National Health Index (NHI) and Health Practitioner Index (HPI) and join them into one integrated electronic system.
"Revera’s Homeland Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform will deliver critical services and host IBM’s Initiate Master Data Management software.
"Tony Cooke, chair of the Health Identity Programme Governance Board, says Revera’s selection is an exciting development that creates a sound platform for hosting 24/7 identity services to the health sector"
Cooke is quoted in the statement as saying: "Having the right information when you need it and where you need it is the key to safe clinical decision making and optimal patient outcomes. The Health Identity Programme will lay the foundation for a safe, shared and transferable patient electronic record.
"The new system will significantly improve the quality of data and the responsiveness of this cornerstone system for the health sector. As a result, health information will be more reliable, secure and trustworthy."
The statement continues: "The NHI and HPI systems will be moved over to the new technology platform over the next 15 months. Existing NHI and HPI numbers will remain the same.
The $15 million upgrade is being done in six stages to minimise disruption for users."