Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand and Te Aka Whai Ora – Māori Health Authority have confirmed 18 foundation members of their inaugural Whānau, Consumer and Clinician Digital Council.
The new national Council will help to shape data and digital technologies to enable improved and equitable health outcomes across Aotearoa.
It will provide a pivotal link between the data and digital decisions makers at Te Whatu Ora and Te Aka Whai Ora and clinicians, whānau, consumers, hapori and communities.
A call for expressions of interest for members of the Council late last year attracted more than 80 applicants.
Council Establishment Chair Dr Robyn Whittaker says she is delighted with the calibre and experience of the 18 confirmed members who will provide a valuable, whole-of-system perspective.
“It is wonderful to have such a diverse range of voices, skills, cultural backgrounds and lived-experience from across the motu to influence how our future digital health decisions will be made, with whānau at the forefront.
“We are fortunate to have this passionate and committed group of people as kaiururangi, navigators, with us in the co-design of digital services that will best serve the people that use the health system.”
The purpose of the Whānau, Consumer and Clinician Digital Council is to provide advice and recommendations to the data and digital leadership, boards and committees on the national strategy, priorities for the national programme of work, and endorsement of proposals and investment decisions.
Council members come from a variety of backgrounds, including Māori and Pacific consumers, clinicians, hospital, primary, and community care workers, rural experience, technology experts, and people with long-term conditions familiar with the health system.
“Many of our members have significant personal experience as consumers or carers traversing the health system and they bring powerful perspectives and ideas on how we can harness the potential of data and digital to help improve the patient experience and provide more equitable health outcomes,” Whittaker says.
“Working with our clinical and technology advisors, they will be the important conduit we need to ensure the challenges that consumers and whānau face are firmly at the forefront of decision making so that real benefits for our communities can be realised.”
The Council will meet regularly and report its recommendations back to the Te Whatu Ora and Te Aka Whai Ora data and digital leadership.