NZ Vision for Health Technology

The world of technology is advancing rapidly and affecting many aspects of our daily lives such as the way we shop, bank and travel. Health services are also being transformed by emerging technologies, changing what, how, where and when services are provided, as well as who provides them.

What could the future of digital healthcare look like for a consumer?

What could the future of digital healthcare look like for a community nurse?





What could digital healthcare look like in 2026? How will people interact with their doctor, nurse and other health professionals? What sort of devices and applications will be available to individuals, health professionals, researchers and innovators? 

Technology is revolutionising health systems. Robots and other automated systems are carrying out repetitive and predictable processes, advanced analytics are providing new insights into complex health problems, and research breakthroughs in human science are making ‘personalised medicine’ a reality for more and more people.

The Future

The Vision for Health Technology outlines how we see technology shaping the way New Zealanders ‘live well, stay well and get well’ in 2026.
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Development of the Vision

The Vision for Health Technology has been developed with engagement from more than 70 health professionals and consumers. Workshops were held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch over four weeks in April 2017, supported by online discussions. Content for the vision was then created and themes were defined.

This is a ‘living’ Vision that will be refined and adapted over time in response to changing needs and emerging technology, as well as feedback from stakeholders.

The Vision will guide the development of the Ministry’s Digital Health Strategy and technology strategies by the sector. 


The Vision for Health Technology consists of nine themes which will help guide how we use technology to ensure better health for all New Zealanders.

Life centred

Technology empowers people to flourish by fully participating in their health care.

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