New Māori Health Monitoring Tool to be launched

updated By Maiki Sherman

Māori health gains could see faster results under a new tool which gives greater visibility and accountability to how a DHB is performing.

The Māori Health Plan Monitoring Tool increases access to health performance information.

Graphs are colour-coded to show how a DHB is performing against each of the 16 health indicators.  The tool is updated every 24 hours.

It's the brainchild of Dr George Gray of the Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB).

“All DHBs must now have a mandatory Māori Health Plan,” Dr Gray said.

“Those plans indicate what each DHB is going to do to progress performance against a set of 16 health indicators relating to Māori.”

Māori health information on all 20 DHBs will include performance trends, rankings against other DHBs, disparities between Māori and non-Māori, as well as links to seminars on ‘best practice’ by the nation’s top performers.

“We’ve tried to keep it as simple and visual as possible,” Dr Gray said.  “Anyone can access this information at any time and it’s a user-friendly, intuitive interface. The aim is to encourage change and improved performance by increasing the availability of health information.”

The tool will be officially launched this Thursday 11 June.