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DHBs in New Zealand to develop national Electronic Oral Health Record

January 31, 2019 / Rebecca McBeth

An implementation plan for a nationally consistent Electronic Oral Health Record (EOHR) will be presented to the country’s 20 district health board (DHB) chief executives by the middle of this year. Professional services organisation TAS is leading the implementation on behalf of the DHBs after recently signing a contract with the Ministry of Health. Chair of the EOHR programme board Robin Whyman is clinical director oral health at Hawkes Bay DHB. He says the programme started around 2015–16 because staff operating oral health services recognised that, while nearly all DHBs are using the same clinical system, differences in local implementations mean they are unable to get nationally consistent information out of it. “When trying to get information for a national picture of what’s going on in oral health and around service quality improvements, we were struggling to compare things and be confident we were interpreting things in the same way,” he added.