Health Sector Architects Group
To support the delivery of the 2014 eHealth vision, the National Health IT Plan states that the IT Health Board will work with the sector 'to develop a common architecture for national and regional information systems and infrastructure'. Out of this we have a new and growing Health Sector Architecture, comprising architectural principles, standards, directives and models. The Health Sector Architecture is built on our own TOGAF-inspired enterprise architecture framework, HealthBase.
Directions and priorities in relation to development of the Health Sector Architecture are set by the Sector ICT Implementation Group, which manages related change. The Health Sector Architecture then informs and supports the sector implementation of the National Health IT Plan.
Technical working groups are formed on a case by case basis by the Health Sector Architects Group to provide a specialist focus on a particular domain area or to progress a specific technology initiative or innovation. Working groups contribute to the development and application of the Health Sector Architecture.
Vendor architects provide advice to the Health Sector Architects Group and participate in working groups.
Health Sector Architecture Publications
Reference Architecture for Interoperability - Foundations
The first part of the Reference Architecture for Interoperability is primarily about document-orientated interfaces to Regional CDRs, centring on interim standard HISO 10040. It sets requirements for certain utility services around R-CDRs and overall defines our chosen foundations for interoperability.
Reference Architecture for Interoperability - Continuum of Care
Building on the above, we have recently finalised a second part of this reference architecture, applying our overarching rules on interoperability to the particular domain of electronic referral, transfer of care and connected care, generally.
In 2012, the National Health IT Board sponsored an investigation by healthAlliance into practical opportunities for introducing the new interoperability architecture. The project report identifies a number of such options for improving information sharing in Northern DHBs.
New Zealand Emergency Care Code Set
Emergency departments and the ambulance sector are building the capability to do clinical coding at point of care into new information systems. Using SNOMED Clinical Terms, the New Zealand Emergency Care Code Set is being developed to enable consistent coding of findings, diagnoses and common procedures.
National Infrastructure Platform Services - Architecture Principles
The principles document sets out the key principles of the strategy for infrastructure. These principles guide the selection, creation and implementation of solutions that meet regional and national infrastructure needs.
National Infrastructure Platform Services - Architecture Vision
The vision document describes our vision for infrastructure services supporting all health sector systems at regional and national level.