Patient privacy is very important to us. In recent years there have been changes in the NZ health sector that reduce patient privacy at the price of collecting better national health information. You need to be aware of some of these.
The advent of the National Health Index (NHI numbers) means all health system “transactions” such as doctor visits, laboratory tests, prescriptions are recorded in computers and analysed. Furthermore, in order to access funding we must report our activities. We see our role as guardians of your privacy as very important.
For further reading see the office of the New Zealand Privacy Commissioner, or call us to discuss.