Public Health Observatory of NZ

The Public Health Observatory of New Zealand (PHONZ) has been established to provide a forum for people interested in health intelligence to collaborate, exchange ideas, and meet other people locally, nationally and internationally with a similar interest. It will be a repository for health intelligence news, work, etc.

The health system, which is undergoing a great change, presents an ideal opportunity for PHONZ. Like all health systems, New Zealand continues to collect and collate vast quantities of data at an increasing rate. These data are being turned into information at great speed through various types of analysis, the proliferation of dashboards, and other visual aids (graphs, tables etc). These stages are essentially “computer” or machine-driven and underpin much of our current decision-making. (see EHINZ Analytical Standards for information on how to interpret analyses and present data)

In contrast, our health system has a limited and fragmented health intelligence (ie human) capacity and capability. Intelligence involves the interpretation, communication and dissemination of information. PHONZ is designed to address these deficiencies and provide NZ with greater ‘intelligence’ driven” decision making. The evaluation of decision-making leads to enhanced knowledge and understanding of our health system and improving the outcomes for all New Zealanders.

A steering group, PHONZ, has been formed to guide its establishment and strategic direction. The members are:

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