Ministry to establish health technology forum

Over seventy organisations indicate they want to be involved

The Ministry of Health is establishing a forum for technology suppliers to the New Zealand health and disability sector as part of the Ministry's Connected Health initiative.

Graeme Osborne, chairman of the HISAC (Health Information Strategy Action Committee) Infrastructure sub committee and a member of the Connected Health Steering Group says the forum will allow vendors to have a say in how the Connected Health initiative can be achieved.

“Modern communication technologies have potential to broaden patient access to health care services outside of the traditional medical setting by enabling collaboration between patients and treatment providers,” Osborne said in a statement today.

Brendan Kelly, the interim deputy director general of the Ministry's Information Directorate says that the forum is supported by suppliers with over seventy organisations wanting to be involved.

“Connected Health is about establishing a secure environment to expand the capability to communicate and collaborate across the heath and disability sector," he says.

“In three to five years time New Zealanders should be able to see primary care and secondary care interacting electronically around key events, discharges and chronic disease management."

He says this will allow collaboration and sharing of information between hospitals, general practitioners, diagnostic service providers, pharmacies and other practitioners.

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