New Zealand develops strategy to improve health data management


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Actions include the development of a national catalog and dictionary of data on health and disability

The New Zealand Ministry of Health has developed a two-year strategy and action plan to improve the way health data is collected, managed, shared and used, said Shayne Hunter, deputy chief executive of the Ministry of Health, Data and Digital.

The ministry issued a Data and Information Strategy for Health and Disability and a guide Roadmap describing a set of actions in five priority areas.

The strategy supports the ongoing health and disability system reforms, emphasizing the engagement of people about the collection and use of their personal health data, ensuring the quality and ‘accessibility of data, supporting a more coherent system and developing digital health services that are accessible and closer to home.

Actions include the development of a national catalog and dictionary of data on health and disability; develop equity measures for data standards; create ways for people to allow others to access their health information; improving the mastery of data and the capacities of health personnel and people with disabilities; establish national and local health data governance councils, to establish partnerships with consumers and be representative of local communities; and the development of a framework for the sharing and accessibility of health data.

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