Hira is a trusted source of digital services empowering all New Zealanders to have better access and control of their health information.
We’re working together to deliver Hira, which is a partnership between people, whānau and communities, the health and disability sector, digital health industry, and an Interim Health New Zealand team.
Hira will enable access to a virtual electronic health record by drawing together a person’s latest health data from trusted sources. It will support better health for all New Zealanders, by improving the way health information is accessed and shared.
In time, New Zealanders will be able to access and control their health information through their smartphone, tablet or computer. There will also be options for people who don’t have access to technology or prefer not to use it.
Hira is being delivered in tranches of work. Tranche one is currently underway. By the completion of this tranche, around mid-2024, we aim to have in place many of the elements of Hira required to lay the foundations for a digitally enabled health and disability system.
These elements include the ability for New Zealanders and their chosen providers to use their smartphone, tablet or computer to access important health information, including:
• demographics such as gender, ethnicity, name and date of birth
• enrolments and entitlements
• COVID-19 vaccination status and diagnostic test results
• summary primary care data.
We want to hear from you
The Hira team is engaging with the digital health industry via a series of webinars and workshops. We are focusing on having an open and transparent process where we can take people through the process and seek feedback, and explore new ideas and approaches. We will provide opportunities to engage via workshops, webinars, and other events. Watch this space for details of upcoming engagement opportunities.
Previous webinars for the digital health industry and health sector consumers and providers are available on the Ministry of Health’s website.