NZHIT News - 20 July 2017


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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 – – 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 1
st 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

Tech Manifesto
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


Of interest

NZHIT Events Calendar
Click on the link for a list of comprehensive events

NZHIT Members can post their own events in this calendar as well so please send any event information to Talie at


NZHIT Networking event 
Keep a close watch on our events page and event updates for details on our next member's networking events


HIMSS AsiaPac17
Do you know that you get a 10% discount off the 2-day conference rate for being a NZHIT Member? 

Being held in Singapore this year on the 12th and 13th of September - just around the corner so take advantage of your membership status when registering


NZ Innovations Awards 2017
Entries close at the end of next week and it's not too late to submit your entry if you haven't done so already


Budget 2017 Summary
For those of you who may have missed the budget lock-up report


Tech Manifesto
NZHIT is amongst a group of leading techology associations that have developed this manifesto and presented to politicians in conjunction with Budget 2017


MOH Expert Groups Listing
For your interest - a list of expert groups on the MOH website (including NZHIT)

Technology and Digital Services News and Info
Clickable articles on the MOH website


NZ Telehealth Resource Centre
Latest news from the NZ Telehealth Resource Centre, jointly developed by Mobile Health and the NZ Telehealth Forum


Check out the latest trade and export news - make sure to sign-up for their latest newsletter and media releases


HiNZ News
Latest news, information and events at Health Informatics NZ


Latest news, information and events at the Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand


Latest news, information and events at Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa NZ

Rural Health Map
On 16 March 2017 a delegation of RHĀNZ Council members met with a broad range of politicians to present the top issues impacting health & wellbeing of rural communities. 

They presented potential solutions and their calls to action for Government to address these issues.

Rural Mental Health Initiatives
RHĀNZ is delighted to be taking a lead role in two of the Government’s rural mental wellness initiatives announced at Fieldays.

The first announcement includes the development of a Framework to Improve Mental Health and Addiction Outcomes for rural New Zealanders and the second is a continuation of the Emergency Response to Support Rural Mental Health.

Digital service collaboration brilliant for rural NZ
A rural health leader says she’s absolutely thrilled digital service providers and rivals Vodafone, Spark and 2degrees are joining forces to help with rural broadband

Latest news, information and events at HL7NZ


NZTech News
Latest news, information and events at NZTech


Canterbury Tech News
Latest news, information and events at Canterbury Tech


You'll be hearing a lot more about CERT NZ and they're a presneter at the Cybersecurity in Health Symposium on the 1st of August. 

CERT NZ is your first port of call when you need to report a cyber security problem. They support businesses, organisations and individuals affected by cyber security incidents, and provide trusted and authoritative information and advice.


New Zealand Export Credit Office (NZECO)
To find out more, contact the office on 04 917 6060, email  or browse


Portfolio Health
Access interesting articles and information on health related activites


The Canterbury Report
Connected City - prepared by the Canterbury Development Corporation


NZ Health Research Strategy 2017-2027
This strategy sets out a vision for New Zealand’s health research and identifies four strategic priorities for the health research and innovation system


Innovation Council
Top tips for R&D and Funding
Learn from three amazing kiwi innovators working in diverse industries and listen to their stories. 

Hear from Sharma Lee - Sunfred Meats, Nigel Slaughter - Liger, and Lisa Johnston - Volpara.  Get their top business tips on how to succeed when it comes to R&D and Funding


National Bowel Screening Programme
The Ministry of Health is celebrating the launch of the free National Bowel Screening Programme in Hutt Valley and Wairarapa


Indicative Business Case signed of for Dunedin Hospital Redevelopment
The Southern Partnership Group has finalised preferred options for the redevelopment of Dunedin Hospital


Claire Austin appointed as the new Group Manager - Health Workforce NZ
The Director-General of Health, Chai Chuah, is delighted to announce the appointment of Claire Austin as the new Group Manager – Health Workforce New Zealand


High level plan for the disability support system shared with the sector
The high-level design of the new disability support system has been shared with the sector


Good news stories & events – if you’ve got a story about a success in your organisation, an upcoming event, etc then please let us know. 


New Zealand Health IT Links

NZ Health IT LinkedIn Page
We’ve got our own LinkedIn site that you can join.  We post a number of interesting topics that float around the “ether” and you have an opportunity to comment, post your own items, etc.  Please visit the site and join as a member.


Join us on Twitter - @nzhealthit - keep up to date with a wide range of topics.


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