We all know that access to quality, evidence-based health information and self-care resources at the right time can improve patient experience and health outcomes.
We also all know how challenging this can be to do well.
Across Aotearoa New Zealand, hundreds of organisations are working in silos creating and disseminating health information and educational resources for a range of health conditions, treatments and public health messages. As a result, significant duplication, fragmentation and inconsistent messaging is occurring.
As well as being inefficient and costly, this has numerous other concerning consequences, including increased disparities, poor health literacy, low adherence rates and patient safety issues.
It also leads to clinician fatigue and organisational frustration when national experts are repeatedly approached with requests from different organisations to provide input into similar content.
A solution to this problem could be if we all worked together, pooling our resources and creating content that can be shared nationally.
This kind of collaboration has already begun. Over the last year, a number of organisations have started working together, informally sharing content and seeking to find a more efficient and effective way of providing consumer resources.
We are now ready to formalise this collaboration and invite other organisations to join us in creating a National Health Content Hub.
|The National Health Content Hub will be a central repository for trusted, NZ-focused, high-quality content and self-care resources for the public with white label content contributed by approved content providers.