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$15 Million Investment In National Health It Systems

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Wellington, Dec 3 NZPA - A $15.3 million investment to allow patient information to be shared in a safe way as well as increasing the overall efficiency of the health system was announced today by National Health IT Board director Graeme Osborne.

He said the investment for the Health Identity Programme would see the replacement of the National Health Index (NHI) of patient identifiers and the Health Practitioner Index (HPI) with an upgraded national health identity solution by 2012.

The investment had been endorsed by the National Health Board, and had cross-Government support.

The programme has the backing of the clinical community.

National Information Clinical Leadership Group chair Associate Professor Peter Gow said when health professionals used personal health information to help them treat a patient, they needed to know that the information was accurate, protected and trusted.

"To do that, we need to know the identity of the patient and the care provider, and from where the information has come. For the person receiving health care this is a critical safety issue."

The programme will be led by the Ministry of Health on behalf of the sector.

Specifically, the programme will:

* Upgrade/replace the NHI, HPI, and associated address services with a single integrated system;

* Provide a secure, robust, and infrastructure that will support person-centred care;

* Lay the foundation for a safe, shared and transferable patient electronic record.

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