July 30, 2013 -- Under New Zealand's proposed ehealth system, an individual’s health information is to be collected, stored and made accessible as and when needed by the health professionals as well as individuals, through a network of online health data storage systems.
Aiming at achieving high quality healthcare and patient safety through integration of information and technology (IT) at all levels of healthcare delivery, New Zealand is looking at implementing eHealth across the country. Under ehealth system, an individual's health information is to be collected, stored and made accessible as and when needed by the health professionals as well as individuals. The health information would include the individual's demographics, allergies and alerts, wellness checks and interventions such as screening and immunization, and a register of where other health information is stored for the person.
The objective is to create a system in the country under which an individual's personal health information is made available electronically, which can be accessed the healthcare providers. According to the plan, the information will be recorded in digital formats throughout the health system, and personal health information, through electronic health records (her), will be made available across healthcare organizations.
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