The Virtual Health Information Network (VHIN) assists researchers to do high quality health research using the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) and other administrative health data. A deeper understanding of the IDI and increased awareness of data quality issues can be gained via website guides (posted below), online discussions on the VHIN Facebook page, analytical code available from VHIN research and meetings about current IDI research (Presentations).

VHIN Guides

Key information for IDI users

News & Events

AEA Integrated Data Infrastructure Symposium: How IDI can help address epidemiological questions

The seminar will showcase a range of projects using the IDI to answer epidemiological questions on a range of topics including: cardiovascular disease, premature birth, injuries etc. The presentations will focus on the advantages and challenges of using the IDI, data sources used, and outcomes explored. In addition, there will also be other informative presentations on generic topics such as social licence and the IDI, the Māori capability of the IDI.

The symposium will be held on the 16th August, 9.30am-3.30pm at the School of Population Health, Tamaki Campus, University of Auckland.

For more information and to register please visit the symposiums website

A copy of the symposiums flyer can be found here

Public Health Expert Blog  

This blog describes some of the opportunities and challenges in the new data environment in New Zealand, focusing on how the VHIN can contribute to stronger health research and benefit the health of New Zealanders – Open data, transparency and power – role of the Virtual Health Information Network

New Virtual Diabetes Register (VDR) December 2016 released and published

In May 2017, the new Virtual Diabetes Register (VDR) December 2016 was released and published on the Ministry of Health’s website. Improvements to the algorithm were made in early 2017 to create the latest version of the VDR. From now on the new numbers published on the Ministry’s website should be used, or updated numbers or datasets requested from