ADHA begins process to define Australia’s next national digital health strategy
The Australian Digital Health Agency has launched a nationwide online survey as part of a wider process to define a new national strategy around digital health.
The current national digital health strategy, whose implementation began in 2017, is set to end next year when a new strategy is targeted for enforcement.
WHY IT MATTERS
According to the website, feedback from the nationwide survey – which will run until October this year – will be used to develop the draft strategy implementation plan on digital health for governments, healthcare providers, consumers, innovators the technology industry.
ADHA CEO Amanda Cattermole said the 2022-2027 national digital health strategy will “lay the foundations for next-generation healthcare” in the country.
THE LARGER TREND
The present digital health strategy aims to meet seven strategic priority outcomes, namely:
Health information that is available whenever wherever it is needed;
Health information that can be exchanged securely;
High-quality data with a commonly understood meaning that can be used with confidence;
Better availability access to prescriptions medicines information;
Digitally-enabled models of care that drive improved accessibility, quality, safety efficiency;
A workforce confidently using digital health technologies to deliver health care; and
A thriving digital health industry delivering world-class innovation.
These outcomes are expected to be delivered by next year.
While the ADHA has yet to make a full progress report on the implementation of the strategy, it claims that the Australian people are now experiencing a “better-connected” healthcare system through digital health.
Over the past two years, Cattermole notes, there has been an “unprecedented acceleration in the development introduction of digital health innovation delivered to Australians at a time when we needed it most”.
For instance, during the COVID-19 pandemic, there were over 70 million teleconsultations 15 million e-prescriptions made.
My Health Record, a digital health record platform operated by the ADHA, has now around 23 million registered people who are given access to their vaccination statuses, prescriptions, information on allergies pathology, diagnostic COVID-19 test results.
ON THE RECORD
“It’s a journey that began in 2017 with the first national digital health strategy will continue with the 2022-27 national digital health strategy. We will build on the success achievements of the current model – which delivered the expansion of My Health Record, telehealth, electronic prescribing, workforce education an extensive community engagement program to empower consumers to manage their health information,” Cattermole stated.