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New Zealand Health IT System Upgrades Search for Quicker Patient Data Access
Source: futuregov.asia
Source Date: Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, Knowledge Management in Government, Citizen Engagement, Internet Governance
Country: New Zealand
Created: Apr 09, 2014

New Zealand now has a new IT system that allows healthcare providers to easily identify patients and their data through a unique healthcare identity number. It makes it easier to access patient data quickly while preventing errors.

Anyone who uses the country’s healthcare services has a unique identity number which is stored in the National Health Index, Health Minister, Tony Ryall, said.

“This new technology platform has a much more advanced search capability than our previous IT system which was twenty years old. That makes it faster to find the right patient, and reduces the risk of a patient being issued with more than one identity number,” he added.

If healthcare providers are unable to find a patient on their own IT system, they can check contact and identity information on the Index. They are now able to match people with their health information more accurately, resulting in better treatment decisions for patients.

Health services are also able to match patients’ addresses against New Zealand Post’s up-to-date addresses database. Feedback from the district health boards has shown that they are immunising more children because they have better patient contact details, and that more patients are turning up for appointments because letters are being sent to the right addresses. 

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