The National Health IT Plan published in 2010 has been updated for 2013/14. Four priorities are identified for IT investment in 2014 and beyond:
The NZ e-prescription service (NZePS) is listed as a critical priority with a targeted implementation date of December 2014 for community pharmacies and GPs. The NZePS will link privately owned community health providers using a state controlled data and software infrastructure.
Sadly there is no clear plan on what on-going funding, maintenance and development path there is for this instrastructure and no clear, effective, community pharmacy governance to help determine that the infrastructure will meet the on-going clinical and business requirements of pharmacies and general practices.
ProPharma and PWR actively support the aims of the NZ Health IT Plan and wish to work positively with our customers to lobby for effective governance and funding pathways to ensure its success.
Governance for the Health IT Plan is undertaken, for community health providers, via an organization called Patient’s First. Visit their website to learn what they do and how they engage with pharmacy.