Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman
Minister of Health
Health Informatics New Zealand Conference, Christchurch
Independent Review of New Zealand's Electronic Health Record Strategy
- 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.