About this item

Issue date:
1 December 2011
Corporate Author:
Health Information Standards Organisation (HISO)
Document date:
1 December 2011
Health IT, Health system
Copyright status:

Copyright Held by Non-Crown Party

978-0-478-44497-1 (online)


Health information is accessed from and transferred over many different types of computers, telecommunications networks and information systems in the New Zealand health sector.

Often these have been implemented in isolation of one
another making it difficult and costly to share information between providers and systems in a secure way.

In a person-centred health system the ability to connect services, applications and systems is essential for allowing patients to be cared for by the right health provider, at the right time and place, providing access to patient records electronically with the confidence that information is kept secure at all stages.

The Connected Health (CH) programme is a key step in achieving this aim. Its purpose is to establish the secure environment needed for the safe sharing of health information between all the participating health providers. To achieve this, the programme is delivering the following foundation components:

  • a common connectivity framework
  • connectivity standards
  • core network components
  • three managed points of interconnection
  • a uniform addressing scheme
  • an accreditation and certification process for telecommunication service
  • governance and management oversight

To date, the connectivity standards delivered include:

  • HISO 10037.2 Network to Network Interface Specifications
  • HISO 10037.3 User to Network Interface Specifications