Taking bytes of allied health – The necessity of using informatics to advance

Ms Sandy Clemett1, Mrs Rebecca George1

1Canterbury District Health Board, Christchurch, New Zealand

Aim:  To articulate the need for an Allied Health Services Informatics focussed role, that contributes to and provides advocacy for the use of AH data and eHealth developments.

Method:  An experiential case study based on the authors own role and development of the Allied Health (AH) Informatics field in New Zealand.  An exploration of the influential and contributory factors that determine the necessity of Allied Health service engagment and participation in the use of data and information.

Results:  The concept of ‘Passive Data Collection’ to demonstrate the ‘Impact value’ that AH have, has been developed on a national scale.  The proposed AH National Minimum Data Set, the evolution of the Allied Health Informatics role, the expansion of this role into regional and national Informatics work and the contribution we are now able to provide to standards and policy development, is significant.

Significance:  The ability to demonstrate the ‘Impact Value’ of AH services is achievable.  Standardising and integrating AH service information is the platform from which the future of AH services can be launched.  Working together, aligning our data and giving visibility to our patient’s journey with AH is the vision for us all.