Formed in 2002 as an incorporated society (owned by its members), the Digital Health Association (DHA), formerly known as New Zealand Health Information Technology (NZHIT), has grown to be a large membership of 170+ organisations and is the peak industry body for digital health in New Zealand’s health and disability sector. We have an extensive reach that enables our members to be part of a strong, influential, and relevant network that ensures digital health technology is 'front and centre' at every opportunity.
This positions members as vital contributors to, and enablers of, the delivery of healthcare services both nationally and internationally. Our vision for digital health is that it goes from being useful across the health system to creating full tech enablement that supports the achievement of world-class health, disability, and social sectors.
Why join the Digital Health Association?
To provide value and benefits to members and stakeholders we focus on the following overarching deliverables:
Leadership – The DHA provides leadership to the digital health sector and the wider health sector on behalf of members, key stakeholders, and valued relationships across New Zealand and internationally.
We have published our sector report HAUORA, MAURI ORA, ENABLING A HEALTHIER AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND. This opportunities report will provide leadership and unify the sector around a core set of recommendations and 'calls to action' that will unlock the potential of health technology to fully support a world-class health system for all New Zealanders.
We advocate for and represent the value that digital health technology provides in New Zealand and offshore. This wheel shows just some of the things we do as an association to benefit the digital health sector and how we collaborate to improve the health outcomes of all New Zealanders through digital health.
Our purpose and function
Engagement - we make sure the DHA is engaged in numerous activities across the health sector and we provide opportunities for our members to be engaged so they can provide expert input, be aware of current or planned initiatives, and raise their profile as committed supporters of the sector.
The DHA INDUSTRY GROUPS are excellent for creating engagement opportunities for members. We also have an industry representative on the HISO committee, on the TELEHEALTH LEADERSHIP GROUP, the medicines management governance group, and other sector-related groups. We organise multiple workshops and engagement opportunities (for example, with the likes of the Ministry of Health) where members can contribute and be actively involved.
Being engaged in member and sector-related activities is an incredibly important factor when it comes to demonstrating a commitment to the sector. New Zealand is a small country and the health sector is even smaller so being an actively engaged contributor is essential, and is noticed.
Connections - we provide multiple opportunities for members to connect across the health sector, which is important if you want to be connected with decision-makers, potential partners, and collaborators.
We have a multi-faceted, 'pick-n-mix' approach that provides a range of ways in which you can connect - you choose as many or as little as you like and we make sure you get full value in doing so. This includes holding events (and supporting other's events that members can attend), putting your NEWS on the DHA website and pushing it out through newsletters and social media channels, accessing RESOURCES, the jobs board for VACANCIES, joining into webinars, one-on-one introductions, and much, much more.
Just as it's important to be engaged it is equally as important to be connected – The DHA is a leader when it comes to creating multiple opportunities for you to be connected.
Support – The DHA recognises the importance of providing guidance and support to its members whether that be through individual or group discussions and advice as this helps you plan for future success.
We know the sector and will sit down with you and your team to learn about the factors that are important for your success, the problems you're experiencing, provide insights, connect you with others who can help, and generally provide as much support as possible. Successful members are the key to the success of the DHA network and this flows into the success of the wider health sector.