About HL7 New Zealand

Health Level 7 New Zealand is a national affiliate of HL7 International, dedicated to the goal of achieving interoperable healthcare information. Its primary – but not exclusive – focus is on current and emerging HL7 standards.

The 2019 Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday 20th November at 12:30 pm at the Claudelands Event Centre, Hamilton, during Digital Health Week NZ.  Eleven of the previous Board Members were re-elected along with Koray Atalag (The Clinician) who replaces Graeme Hibbert. 

At the first meeting of the new Board, held directly afterwards, the following officers were unanimously elected for two year terms: Peter Sergent (Vice Chairman) and David Moorhouse (Treasurer). Peter Jordan (Chairman) and Linda McKay (Secretary) will continue to serve in their current positions having been elected for two year terms in November 2018.


Chairman – Peter Jordan

Is a highly experienced software architect and developer with a particular interest in healthcare information modelling, exchange and security. Currently, he is contracted as a Solutions Architect to Patients First Ltd, working on standards and architecture in support of the NZ Digital Health Work Programme 2020 – including HL7® FHIR® Terminology Services. Peter also continues to maintain the NZ CDA Toolkit used in GP2GP patient record transfers and the NZ ePrescription Service and his involvement with health information standards dates back to some of New Zealand’s earliest HL7 Version 2 messaging solutions in the 1990s. His 3 decades in the IT industry, in the UK and New Zealand, have included spells with vendors of both primary and secondary care applications and various public sector organisations. Peter also represents primary care on the Sector Architects Group Executive. Internationally, he is an Affiliate Director on the HL7 International Board; Co-Chair of the HL7 International Council; Affiliate Representative on the HL7 Governance & Operations Committee and a Co-Chair of the SNOMED on FHIR Terminology Services Group.

Vice Chairman- Peter Sergent

Peter has thirty years’ experience in the management of information; initially carrying out complex statistical analysis for research projects but later moving into areas of service provision.  Prior to his move to primary health in late 2004, he spent the previous eleven years within a number of District Health Boards.  Peter is now an independent consultant.  He strongly supports the embracing of international standards such as ISO and HL7 and has been involved in HISO projects covering data dictionaries, information models and data exchange.  During time spent within the District Health Boards, completed work on projects in the Middle East and Australia gaining a broader perspective on healthcare provision.  He has undertaken numerous and varied roles in working groups advising the Ministry of Health, Accident Compensation Corporation and District Health Boards.

Treasurer – David Moorhouse 

David is an experienced system designer and software developer with over 25 years’ experience in NZ and UK. He is currently employed at Pegasus Health as Principal Software Engineer for HealthOne and helped to establish the South Island eReferrals solution.
He is a passionate advocate for health interoperability and has hands-on experience implementing HL7 v2.x and FHIR standards. He understands and has developed solutions using modern authentication and integration standards. David considers open and modern standards as the key to driving innovation by making health informatics easier.
Along with technical skills David brings in-depth experience of the primary care sector and has held governance roles in non-profit organisations.

Secretary – Linda McKay

Linda has been involved with HL7NZ since shortly after it was formed in 2004 holding the role of administrator and event manager, she now sits on the Board as Secretary.  Linda also runs her own event management company and has been involved in running events in Europe, South America and NZ for over 30 years .  She has been running health information, health & safety, health management and environmental events here in NZ for over 20 years and is also Practice Manager of a physiotherapy clinic on Auckland’s north shore.

Chairman Emeritus – Dr David Hay

David is a consultant specialising in HL7 FHIR and working with a number of organisations including Rhapsody, The Ministry of Health in New Zealand, HL7 International and CSIRO in Australia. David graduated from Medical School in 1981, but after a few years of clinical practice moved into the Health IT sector where he has remained since then. He is the author of clinFHIR – a design and educational tool for FHIR. He is active in the international standards community, travelling widely to give talks about FHIR and related topics. He is an HL7 Fellow, and chair emeritus of HL7 New Zealand as well as a co-chair of the FHIR Management Group, charged with guiding the development of the latest HL7 Standard.


Alastair Kenworthy

Is Director of Health Information Standards with the Ministry of Health. ​Lead​s ​the development and implementation of ICT standards supporting the ​national digital health strategy. ​Works with the Health Information Standards Organisation (HISO) and represents New Zealand on the SNOMED International Member F​orum ​and advisory groups. Alastair represents the health and disability sector on the Government Enterprise Architecture governance group and enjoys working with the national standards and architecture community. 

David Fallas 

Is a senior software consultant working in research and development at Sysmex NZ Ltd. His background is Medical Laboratory Science and Health IT, with particular reference to clinical information interoperability and exchange. He has been an HL7 NZ board member since the organisation’s inception in 1994 and has played a role encouraging the New Zealand health sector in the adoption of various standards such as HL7 v2 messaging, NZPOCS and LOINC coding and more recently, FHIR.

John Carter 

Is Chief Technology Officer at Healthlink, where he oversees development and deployment of products using HL7 technologies from version 2.1 to CDA and now FHIR. Before moving to Auckland from the USA in 2017, he was Vice President of Apelon, Inc., a professional services and software company focused on semantic interoperability. He has also been Product Manager at GE Healthcare (in partnership with Intermountain Health Care) and worked as a Health Data Analyst at the Missouri Hospital Association. John has been a member of HL7 International since 1998, primarily active in the Vocabulary Work Group. He holds a Master of Business Administration (finance) and studied medical informatics at the University of Utah.

Karen Blake 

Is Regional Manager Health Information, Office of the CCIO, healthAlliance.  Karen has worked in midwifery clinical practice for over 20 years, in both NZ and Australia. Five years ago she transitioned into health informatics, becoming the first Chief Nursing and Midwifery Information Officer in Australia, implementing a large enterprise EMR. She returned home to NZ two years ago, and now works across the northern region at healthAlliance providing clinical leadership to the ISSP.  Karen is a member of HISO, and sits on a range of clinical and IT regional and national governance and advisory groups.   Her clinical informatics credentials include CHIA which she completed in 2017, and she is currently studying a Post Grad Diploma in Health Informatics at Auckland University.  When not at work Karen volunteers as a rural operational fire fighter, and maintains her clinical practice as a first responder attending medical emergencies and MVAs, as well as structural and vegetation fires.

Koray Atalag

Koray is a medical doctor with PhD in Information Systems and a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Informatics (ACHI). Having experienced inefficiencies and lack of trusted health information for care delivery, he rejected to be a part of the broken system and instead decided to fix it by using IT. Koray developed an anatomical pathology application in 1995 featuring automated SNOMED coding and integrations that became very popular in Turkey with more than 2.5 million records to date. He then focussed on standards for electronic health records (EHR) and interoperability. Koray serves as CIO and Head of Research at The Clinician, a health IT company, that creates beautiful apps to engage patients, collect patient reported outcome/experience measures (PROMs and PREMs) to create actionable insights and drive value-based care. He is also a senior research fellow at the University of Auckland and leads the biomedical informatics research group at Auckland Bioengineering Institute. Koray has served as an elected member of the openEHR Management Board, vice-chair of HL7 New Zealand and expert member of Health Information Standards Organisation (HISO) in New Zealand.

Martin Entwistle

Is Executive Director, Personalized Healthcare Programs, at Sutter Health. From 1996-2008, Martin was founder and CEO of Enigma CKM Inc., a New Zealand owned vendor that created a patented clinical decision support system. In 2008 the technology was acquired by the prestigious California healthcare provider, Palo Alto Medical Foundation and has been developed into the Mpower™ system for personalized care. Since joining PAMF, he served as Executive Director in the David Drucker Center for Health Systems Innovation, and is now leading the migration of the Mpower system from the Innovation Center to an operationalized, enterprise application, deployed across Sutter Health, a not-for-profit healthcare provider serving 2 million patients in Northern California. Martin qualified as a physician (MB ChB) from Birmingham University, UK, specialized in trauma orthopedic surgery (FRCSEd), and studied for an MBA from Cranfield University, UK, before moving into the area of applied clinical informatics. He is the past chairman of HL7NZ.

Ray Murakami

Defines himself as an e-Health Cybernetician or the gamekeeper of New Zealand’s largest pool of unintended consequences at the Auckland District Health Board. Also he is acting as social media person of HL7NZ for years. Ray received PGDip HSci Health Informatics from the University of Auckland after studying papers focussed on population health. Ray’s original background is multimedia, hypermedia and massive parallel processing in which he received BEng in Information Science from the Kyoto University. Ray designed and implemented various clinical information systems in a Japanese health IT vendor, advocated health interoperability standards in the HL7 Japan and was certified as a health information manager / clinical coder (ICD 10 and ICD 9 CM) by the Japan Hospital Association before coming to New Zealand in 2007.  Ray is currently working on SNOMED CT coding of Māori Mental Health Language, Te Reo Hāpai and the early learning from the work was presented at HINZ 2019 in Hamilton.

Our Mission

“To provide a comprehensive framework and related standards for the exchange, integration, sharing, and retrieval of electronic health information that supports clinical practice and the management, delivery and evaluation of health services. Specifically, to create flexible, cost effective standards, guidelines, and methodologies to enable healthcare information system interoperability and sharing of electronic health records. 

These efforts enable effective, efficient communication between the constituents of the healthcare community as represented by our membership, which consists of an international community of healthcare organizations, vendors, healthcare information systems developers, consultants, systems integrators, and related public and private health services agencies. 

The mission of HL7 encompasses the complete ‘life cycle’ of a standards specification – development, adoption, market recognition, utilization and adherence. The HL7 specifications are unified by shared reference models of the healthcare and technical domains.” 


Principles of HL7 New Zealand

The user group shall be established on the following basic principles: 

  • Open membership. 
  • Democratic election of the Board and technical leaders. 
  • Not-for-profit. 
  • Consensus-based qualified-majority balloting process. 
  • Wide representation of stakeholders.

Functions of HL7 New Zealand

  • Acting as a forum for HL7® related standards activity in New Zealand.
  • Maintaining the capability to give advice on the use of HL7® standards in New Zealand.
  • Providing standards-related education and promoting HL7® certification.
  • Hosting periodic HL7® and related standards workshops and seminars in New Zealand.
  • Acting as point of contact between the Ministry of Health and HL7® International.
  • Participating in the work of HL7® International.
  • Developing relationships with other HL7® Affiliates.

HL7 NZ Constitution 2018 as at Nov 2018.pdf