This privacy impact assessment (PIA) identifies potential risks to individual privacy where the Ministry of Health’s National Minimum Dataset of hospital discharges, and Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) fatal harm notifications data, are integrated with the Accident Compensation Corporation’s (ACC) work-related claims data.
Integrating these datasets is currently the most useful and reliable way to provide long-term measures of fatal and serious non-fatal work-related injury in New Zealand. This also significantly adds to the value of information about injury events, and improves the quality and completeness of this data at minimal cost.
The Injury Prevention Research Unit at the University of Otago has already integrated this information on five previous occasions.
This data produces Tier 1 statistics used by Statistics NZ and key stakeholders including ACC, the New Zealand Injury Prevention Strategy secretariat, and MBIE – formerly the Department of Labour – as well as other organisations implementing injury prevention initiatives.
The risks to individual privacy identified in this PIA have been addressed, and are being managed appropriately, in order to achieve our risk minimisation objectives.
The final integrated unit record datasets will have all personal identifiers removed. They will be archived to ensure it is available for future statistical and research purposes.
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Statistics New Zealand (2014). Privacy impact assessment for the serious injury outcome indicators. Available from www.stats.govt.nz.
ISBN 978-0-478-40874-4 (online)
Published 26 February 2014