Digital health

Digital health resources have been developed and curated to assist Fellows and trainees to better understand digital health initiatives, including My Health Record, and provide opportunities for further learning and professional development.

Development of these resources has been in collaboration with the Australian Digital Health Agency, who are responsible for the delivery of Australia's National Digital Health Strategy. The Strategy's key pillars include driving innovation, education and workforce development, enhanced models of care, interoperability and data quality, medicines safety, My Health Record and secure messaging.

ADHA Digital Health Specialist Toolkit

Secure messaging | Telehealth | My Health Record | Policy and advocacy

Secure messaging — connecting you to better healthcare

Safety and Quality Benefits of Secure MessagingThe need for healthcare providers to connect to each other safely and securely is greater than ever. Secure messaging is an efficient and timely method for sending and receiving clinical information, which minimises the burden of paper and manual processes. An increased uptake of secure messaging improves continuity of care for patients, saves time and can help protect vital health information.

The Safety and Quality Benefits of Secure Messaging (PDF) review has been derived from a review undertaken by the clinical safety program conducted by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, on behalf of the Australian Digital Health Agency.


Telehealth and electronic prescriptions

Telehealth services enable patients to receive quality care closer to home via telecommunication technology, improving access to specialist healthcare for people in regional communities and reducing the need to travel for specialist advice.

Technology is poised to further help Australians during the COVID-19 pandemic through electronic prescriptions that will allow people convenient access to their medicines to people practising social distancing and self-isolation.

8 April 2020 | Presented by Vandana Chandnani – Manager Provider Adoption, Australian Digital Health Agency and Georgie Haysom – Head of Research, Education & Advocacy, Avant Mutual.

Telehealth Guidelines and Practical Tips (PDF) | RACP

Electronic prescriptions for prescribers | Australian Digital Health Agency

My Health Record

Optimising patient care with My Health Record (MHR)

To get the most from MHR this presentation covers MHR key clinical information available, MHR current connections including pathology services, diagnostic imaging providers, participating hospitals, resources and support to get connected to MHR — for those in private practice, and describes how to access MHR — for those working in hospitals.

9 March 2021 | Presented by the Australian Digital Health Agency's Briana Meawad – Provider Adoption Lead and Dr Kathy Rainbird – Senior Provider Adoption Lead.

The future of digital health in Australia

A presentation on Australia's National Digital Health Strategy priorities, including MHR within clinical information software and updates on conformance, the benefits of incorporating the records into your clinical workflow and aspects of secure messaging, and security obligations.

9 May 2020 | Presented by the Australian Digital Health Agency's Vandana Chandnani – Manager Provider Adoption and April Burnett – Adoption and Clinical Use Lead.

Presentation slides: The future of digital health in Australia (PDF) | Australian Digital Health Agency

My Health Record System Security and Access Policy template (DOC) | Use this template to guide staff and contractors on how to access and use the MHR system. The template addresses the legislative requirements for health provider organisations to have a written policy in place.

Using the My Health Record system | Australian Digital Health Agency

RACP Curated Collection: My Health Record Physician Toolkit

Policy and advocacy

RACP 2020-21 Pre-budget Submission (PDF) | December 2019

Complex care, consultant physicians and better patient outcomes: Streamlined complex care in the community (PDF) | October 2019

Integrated Care: Physicians supporting better patient outcomes discussion paper (PDF) | March 2018

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