Standards Australia to write digital hospitals handbook

Standards Australia has launched a new project to develop what it says is the world's first digital hospitals handbook, based on an original proposal from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.

The project aims to develop a set of principles and recommendations that inform the design and implementation of digital hospitals, both new and refurbished, including articulating exactly what a digital hospital is.

The project will be led by the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council (AHMAC) and the National Health CIO Forum (NHCIOF) and will be managed by Standards Australia technical committee IT-039.

The idea is to broadly address how technology can be used to deliver more efficient hospital services.

According to Standards Australia, the handbook will ensure that “digital hospital principles are clearly aligned with the benefits of taking a digital hospital approach to the design, construction and commissioning of healthcare facilities through a benefits estimation/realisation framework”.

It will also ensure that the ICT systems architecture of healthcare facilities “enables innovative ways for providing healthcare services that support positive outcomes for stakeholders now and into the future”.

Standards Australia CEO Bronwyn Evans said the value of applying technology to the delivery of health services could not be underestimated.

Dr Evans also leads an industry growth centre for medical technologies and pharmaceuticals, based at the University of Sydney’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Technology, which aims to boost the competitiveness, productivity and innovative capacity of Australia within this sector.

“The work around digital hospitals will effectively align with the innovation emerging from the direction of this new industry policy,” Dr Evans said.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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# Susan Smith 2015-12-03 17:07
"The project will be led by the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council (AHMAC) and the National Health CIO Forum (NHCIOF) and will be managed by Standards Australia technical committee IT-039." - while recognising that this may possibly be a technical handbook, I hope there will be adequate consultation/re view of the document by appropriately knowledgeable clinical staff - Drs, Nurses, Allied Health- who have been involved in digital hospital design, implementation and subsequent use, to ensure the handbook is a practical and relevant tool.

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