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Excellence in Health Information Management

Media Release

2 May, 2006

Excellence in Health Information Management

The 2006 Sharing Excellence in Health and Disability Information Management Awards is now in its fourth year of recognising outstanding contributions to health information management.

Four projects are approved each year and celebrated at an awards presentation held at the annual Health Informatics New Zealand (HINZ) Conference in August. The awards are given to recognise innovative and successful management of health information to improve health outcomes.

"We've acknowledged twelve great projects in the first three years of administering these awards, each one demonstrating important benefits to the health and disability sector," says Debbie Chin, Acting Director-General of Health.

"Initiatives rewarded in the past are ones that improve access to health information, increase connectivity between users of this information and help make smart investments in health information management. Ultimately, these initiatives save lives. Health information technologies still show a lot of potential for better meeting the needs of health care providers and patients and so we want to find out where this potential is being realised and share their stories too."

The Ministry of Health, in partnership with Health Informatics New Zealand (HINZ) is now receiving applications from organisations or individuals from across both public and private sectors.

An advisory committee of Ministry of Health and HINZ members will review each application. Projects will be assessed on their ability to show benefits to the health and disability sector, the degree and transferability of innovation, the level of competency demonstrated and cost-effectiveness of the project. The top four projects will be publicised as case studies in a booklet that will be distributed to the wider sector.

Application forms and selection criteria are available from Jacinta Fa'alili, Ministry of Health on 04 922 1825 or email Jacinta_Faalili@moh.govt.nz. Entries close Friday 26 May 2006.

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