News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


NZHIT & HL7NZ Work Together on Interoperability

NZHIT and HL7NZ to work together on interoperability

NZ Health IT and HL7 New Zealand have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on achieving interoperable healthcare information across the country.

NZHIT is an independent industry group of health software companies, partners, consultants and healthcare providers and HL7NZ is the local affiliate of Health Level Seven International, the global developer of standards for the interoperability of health information.

NZHIT chief executive Scott Arrol says the organisations share a common goal of achieving interoperability within the healthcare sector.

“It’s two organisations coming together and the outcome is to have an interoperable IT environment in the New Zealand health sector,” he says.

“Included in that is the benefit of supporting each other as we are both not-for-profit membership organisations with a shared interest in health IT. We are coming together to work more closely and collaborate on a number of things.”

NZHIT and HL7 will promote each other’s news and activities and provide discounted rates to attend their events. They will also look for opportunities to collaborate, including supporting the development and implementation of New Zealand’s Digital Health Strategy.

The two organisations started thinking about closer collaboration a year ago when NZHIT was developing the New Zealand Vision and Charter for Interoperability.

The charter is: “designed to provide direction to all participants in the health and disability sector to work collaboratively to build a fully interoperable ICT environment as a key enabler of quality healthcare services delivered as effectively and efficiently as possible.”

Chair of HL7 NZ Peter Jordan says the charter is an excellent document and both organisations are keen to progress it.

“We need broad sector engagement to produce localised standards for interoperability and we can’t do that by ourselves. We need to engage as many people as possible in the process to get buy-in for the standards,” he says.

He believes it is good for the sector to see organisations such as NZHIT and HL7 collaborate, rather than operate as “siloed independent organisations”.

“As the local affiliate of a large worldwide organization seeking to reach out to as many people in the sector as possible, we see collaboration with NZHIT as a key means of achieving that,” he says.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: NZSQ Conclude National Tour With ‘Release’ Programme

The NZSQ concluded their national tour in Wellington with a three-part programme, the triumphant final installment of which was entitled ‘Release.’ It included three pieces representing radical musical innovation... More>>

Howard Davis: The Show Must Go On - ‘La Traviata’ Opening Night Wobbles
Casting problems have beset ‘La Traviata’ since its first performance in March 1853 at Venice’s La Fenice opera house. Sadly, Saturday night’s premiere at Wellington’s newly-restored St James Theatre proved no different... More>>

Howard Davis: Dennis Villeneuve’s Dune - A Brief History

So many elements of Herbert’s novel have since become tropes of popular SciFi that Villeneuve’s film sometimes seems deceptively derivative. What makes all this nonsense essential viewing is his astonishing visual sensibility. More>>

Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which has been republished by Te Papa press. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland