ADHA sets sights on achievable goals for digital health in the short and longer term

The Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) is currently focusing its energies on a number of strategic themes in its 2017-18 work program as it prepares for the longer-term national digital health strategy to kick off next financial year, including the secure messaging interoperability project, one targeting medicines safety and moves to link the pathology and diagnostic imaging sectors to the My Health Record.

ADHA executive general manager for government and industry collaboration and adoption Bettina McMahon, who recently added the role of chief operating officer to her responsibilities, says the work program has been aligned with the four-year digital health strategy and will feed into aspects of it, with defined goals to be achieved in 2018 and real benefits to the healthcare system hoped to be realised by 2022.

Posted in Australian eHealth

Tags: My Health Record, Australian Digital Health Agency, secure messaging, national digital health strategy


# Darryl Carr 2017-10-06 12:26
Great article, and really good to see the signs of a Human Centred Design based approach being used (e.g. understanding the users and how they work, identifying their expectations, etc.). I just wanted to comment that I hope that when unexpected complexity arises (which it surely will), that the teams involve err on the side of quality outcomes, rather than deadlines and cost. I know that's a sensitive topic when it comes to publicly funded programs, but we're dealing with human loss and suffering, so the stakes are high.
# Lynne Everett 2017-10-06 12:31
I must say that the mention of "medicines safety", plus an earlier comment that ALL consumers will have all their medications easily visible on the MyHR is less than reassuring as there is still, many years down the track, no proposed solution to the display of medications prescribed via S100 (Rural) prescribing. "All consumers" would appear to mean "all consumers who obtain medications from a pharmacy".

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