Digital health record could help to get it right in the first years of life

The Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) recently announced it was funding a number of children's digital health initiatives, including a national child health record, adding school immunisation records to the national register, developing a pregnancy digital health record and digitising child health check data so it can be shared electronically.

Led by eHealth NSW and the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network (SCHN) under the auspices of the National Children’s Digital Health Collaborative, the idea is to kick off the four pilot projects in the next couple of years, which will then help inform the fifth initiative: a longitudinal digital child health record that could have far-reaching implications for the future health and wellbeing of Australian children as they grow into adulthood.

Posted in Australian eHealth

Tags: Australian Digital Health Agency, Sydney Children's Hospitals Network, National Children’s Digital Health Collaborative

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# Eric Browne 2018-03-17 16:55
Perhaps Dr Brydon could start by establishing a review of the existing National Digital Child Record and associated Apps( see https://www.digitalhealth.gov.au/news-and-events/news/australia-launches-childs-ehealth-record-app and https://myhealthrecord.gov.au/internet/mhr/publishing.nsf/Content/mobile ). Such a review could also include the corresponding NSW HealtheNet Child Record infrastructure established in 2012 ( see https://www.pulseitmagazine.com.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1102:nsw-to-go-live-with-clinical-repositories&catid=16:australian-ehealth&Itemid=328 ).
Five+ years of experience with Child Health Records and Apps should prove highly valuable in teaching us why these are not embraced more widely.

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