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Source: New Zealand Ministry of Health

This is a standard for the patient assessment data set that Community Based Assessment Centres (CBACs) should collect and be able to report during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This standard has been produced in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The standard is designed to ensure that all patient assessments for COVID-19 are consistently and completely recorded to enable properly informed health service response, tracing, tracking, surveillance and analytics.

This standard sets out the minimum data set needed to record administrative, demographic and clinical information for patients assessed for COVID-19. The standard is consistent with WHO pandemic reporting guidelines and forms the pandemic minimum data set for COVID-19 in New Zealand.

The requirements are for structured and coded data wherever possible, because this has the maximum utility for data analysis. The standard is limited to clinical assessment and does not extend to a complete set of data requirements for contact tracing, laboratory reporting or patient management. 

This document is published as a draft standard that will be updated to reflect new requirements as they emerge.

Integration requirements

As required by the standard, conformant solutions will need to integrate with the National Health Index (NHI) and New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) systems to be most efficient.

The NHI system enables people presenting to CBACs to be correctly identified. See the NHI interfaces page for details.

The NZBN is important because it can be used in most cases to identify the patient’s employer. Everything you need to integrate with the NZBN is described in the NZBN API documentation. Code samples and an access token for immediate use are available from Developers can also sign up to NZBN and generate their own tokens specific to each application.