Supporting data and digital capability

Over the last twenty years, the Government and the primary and community care sector have worked hard to develop and invest in digital capability to improve health outcomes for New Zealanders.

Having a coordinated view of priorities and shared visibility of the scope and scale of data and digital development across the sector will be helpful to everyone to plan, fund, and deliver health care services for New Zealanders more cohesively and efficiently.

The Primary Care Digital Coordination (PCDC) work stream will work in partnership with general practice, community health care providers and primary health organisations (PHOs) to create sustainable approaches that leverage digital solutions to support day-to-day practices of the primary and community care sector.

We will also be working to understand the current state of projects and programmes in flight, and those coming down the pipeline.

We propose to undertake a full analysis in the July – Sept 2022 quarter and have a first cut overview view by the end of October 2022.

This will inform the development of:

  • a primary and community care portfolio of projects and programmes
  • a strategic roadmap for primary and community care digital capability informed by the priorities of the sector itself.

Improving equity

The Primary Care Digital Coordination (PCDC) function aims to coordinate data and digital development and provide a better service to the sector and better health services for all New Zealanders.

More modern and advanced approaches to data and digital development across the health sector informed by Māori health and wellbeing will support our obligations as Treaty partners.

It will further enhance and support the primary and community care systems and services supporting Māori.

Developing the portfolio and roadmap

The PCDC support team will work in partnership with Te Whatu Ora, Te Aka Whai Ora, and Manutu Hauora teams, general practice, community health care providers and PHOs throughout the development of the portfolio.

Priorities for the next six months include:

  • setting up systems and processes to support the portfolio approach
  • establishing a joined-up view of the work underway
  • identifying gaps in the strategic roadmap
  • exploring potential for closer partnership.

Approximate timeframes

We are looking for support from the sector and to take a partnership approach to developing the data and digital road map to improve the health of New Zealanders.

July 2022 to December 2022

  • Work with Te Whatu Ora , Te Aka Whai Ora, Manutu Hauora and the primary and community care sector to understand what is happening now (current state analysis).
  • Develop a portfolio view and roadmap to guide a shared understanding of developments.
  • Provide support to teams within Te Whatu Ora , Te Aka Whai Ora, Manutu Hauora on how to coordinate and communicate programmes affecting the primary and community care sector.
  • Identify and manage any key risks.
  • Maintain a partnership approach with the sector over the next two to three years of data and digital development.

Early 2023

  • Review and enhance processes that underpin the portfolio and roadmap development.

What happens now

Te Whatu Ora, Te Aka Whai Ora, and Manutu Hauora are developing programmes requiring data and digital capability.

This includes:

  • data and digital systems required to support key priorities and are primarily focused on digital development
  • healthcare programmes that are funded and need to be implemented using a data or digital component.

The Primary Care Digital Coordination (PCDC) function is funded by Te Whatu Ora.

Why this is important for New Zealand

During the pandemic there was a significant shift in the use of digital platforms to respond to immediate population health needs.

Digital tools were developed that directly connected to New Zealanders during that time, for example, the COVID Tracer App, and prior to the pandemic, patient portals.

There was a mix of tools developed by the primary and community care sector locally as well as the government during the pandemic.

Some of this activity was excellent but some of these developments were not coordinated well and we want to improve that.

The Hira programme

Hira will:

  • support a new way of accessing and sharing people’s health information in real time
  • enable health and disability data to be connected
  • enable consumers to view their health record and interact with their health providers digitally.

The Hira team will be working with the PCDC team to coordinate plans.

Find out more about the Hira programme on the Ministry of Health website

Governance groups

Governance groups include:

  • a management board made up of executive staff within Te Whatu Ora, Te Aka Whai Ora, and Manutu Hauora that will oversee coordination, prioritisation and strategic direction for the overall Primary Care Digital Coordination (PCDC) function
  • an advisory group that will support the programme and sector engagement.
  • an internal working group that will support coordination.

Primary and Community Care Digital Coordination Governance Groups

Get in touch

We would love to hear your ideas, concerns, and previous experience.

Email us at PCDC@health.govt.nz.