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To enable the vision of a better-connected healthcare system, the Australian Digital Health Agency is facilitating a conversation with industry and jurisdictions to produce a shared vision and standards for long term interoperability in healthcare.

This will result in an agreed series of coordinated standards across jurisdictions and industry to improve workflow, accessibility, and outcomes within the healthcare sector.

Collaboration with people and industry

Better Connections: Your health, Your say will investigate how we can all better connect the healthcare system, drawing on the expertise from private and public health institutions, academics and consumer representatives.  

We don’t have all the solutions required to connect medical information systems – but we will be driving the search to find them.

While the challenge is complex, these solutions must be practical and simple – making it easy for clinicians to share and access the patient data necessary for better decision making within their normal workflow, while at the same time giving consumers control over their personal information, who sees it and who can use it.

Better connections within digital systems

The Interoperability Program seeks to connect patient information from multiple systems and sources to enhance clinical outcomes, improve healthcare delivery and improve patient experiences within the health system.

For example, 20% of Australians have a confirmed allergy. Hospital admissions for anaphylaxis have increased five-fold over the past 20 years, and drug allergy-induced anaphylaxis deaths have increased by 300%. In clinical situations where a patient is deteriorating and requires immediate intervention, knowing whether a drug may cause life‐threatening anaphylaxis is vital.

The Better Connections: Your health, Your say conversation aims to capture the expectations and priorities of a better-connected healthcare system. The outcome of these consultations will be a set of national standards that will provide a roadmap to industry partners and government for the future development and implementation of digital health technologies and system connectivity.

As a part of this conversation 

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