Today's newsletter is an update on some very important items especially the progress being made on the NZ EHR Business Case and some other items of interest (see the sidebar for clickable links). Please note the ability for you to submit questions to me that will be collated and provided to the business case project team.
Looking at the weather forecast it seems that we all need to batten down the hatches over the coming few days and definitely have some good books to read over the weekend! Stay safe, dry and warm.
NZ Electronic Health Record Business Case Update
Following the Government’s Better Business Case (BBC) process (for more info on this click here) the Indicative Business Case (IBC) for the NZ EHR was considered by the Cabinet Committee on State Sector Reform and Expenditure Control on the 5th of July.
The Committee has requested an addendum to the IBC, comprising further analysis of the costs and benefits of an EHR for New Zealand. For more information from the Ministry of Health’s website click here.
In preparing the addendum there will be further extensive engagement with the health sector through the next stages of the business case project. Further announcements on this engagement can be expected from the Ministry over the coming weeks.
I am aware that there is quite a bit of confusion and concern amongst the NZHIT membership in relation to this business case process. As industry partners it is important that we contribute to the development of the IBC especially as we have so much valuable information and knowledge that can be drawn upon to assist with the recommendations and decisions that will ultimately be made.
Hence, I am collating a table of questions from our members to provide to the Ministry’s EHR project team for their responses (where possible, taking into consideration the rules involved in the BBC process). This will assist us in terms of providing an avenue for uncertainty to be addressed and also assist the project team when it comes to understanding how our members are able, and willing, to contribute. Therefore, if you have a question that you would like included then please send it direct to me via my email address – firstname.lastname@example.org – the deadline is Friday 28th July 2017.
Questions will be anonymised and submitted under the NZHIT banner.
Cybersecurity in Health Symposium - 1 August, Auckland
In New Zealand we can sometimes be complacent - until there is a big hit. Are you next? Are you ready?
We've got a fantastic line-up of speakers from national to international. Thanks to our Premier Partner, Microsoft, you can listen to leading global cybersecurity expert Hector Rodriguez, Worldwide Health Chief Information Security Officer, who is coming to NZ especially for our event.
Thanks also to our members who are partnering with us to bring this symposium to you - Microsoft, Computer Concepts Ltd, Computer and Network Solutions, Conporto Health, Comrad, Wild Bamboo and Medtech. With their help we're able to offer the registration fee to members at $169.00 (incl GST), which is incredibly good value considering the topics and speakers involved for the day.
Go to the registration page HERE
Member Networking Event to follow the Cybersecurity Symposium on 1 August
If you're registered for the above event then you're already also registered for the networking event that follows the day's programme - from 5-7pm (at the same venue).
If you're unable to attend the full day's programme but still want to attend the networking event then you'll need to register seperately to attend from 5-7pm. There's a limit on the numbers able to be catered for at this networking event and priority is being given to those who attend the symposium.
Please look out for a special event update that will be sent to members on Friday the 21st of July (tomorrow) as this will give you more information and the link to register.
Health Sector Workshop: Take a deeper dive into Cyber Security With the experts from Microsoft
Once you have registered to attend the Cybersecurity in Health Symposium on the 1st of August 2017, Microsoft would like to also invite you to attend this second day event with the experts from Microsoft, 2nd August 2017 free of charge. This event is designed to be complementary to the Cybersecurity in Health Symposium, run by HiNZ & NZHIT on 1 August.
$169 is already a great deal for the Cybersecurity in Health Symposium and, with the support of Microsoft, we're able to offer you the added bonus of the 2nd day at no charge - "2 for the price of 1"!!
Don't delay as there are limited spaces at Microsoft's 2nd day and this opportunity will close off soon.
We've been in the headlines lately and the following are links to these articles -
A major cyber-attack a matter of when not if
Is New Zealander's health information safe from hackers?
We also had an interview on this topic with Radio NZ - click here to acess the audio file
NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA)
Digital Solutions wanted - application deadline 27 July 2017
For more information and how to apply - click HERE
To see who has previously been successful - click HERE
Innovation Teams & Labs - A Practice Guide
Click on the title above to access this very useful guide for setting up an innovation lab
NZHIT is amongst a group of leading techology associations that have developed this manifesto and presented to politicians in conjunction with Budget 2017
Click on the heading above to access your copy
Vision and Charter for Interoperability
The area of interoperability and the part that NZHIT members can, and are, playing in this is very important. There is going to be more activity and news on this topic over the coming weeks so I encourage you to access a copy, familiarising yourselves with both the Vision (page 4) and Charter (page 5) for Interoperability and feel free to contact Scott Arrol if you have any queries or comments.
Thanks for taking the time to read this member's update. Please don't hesitate to make contact if you have any queries, news stories and information that you'd like us to share with the sector.
Scott Arrol and Talie Schmidt-Geen
+64 21 414 631