How should Australia take advantage of the opportunities that new technologies offer to improve health and care? Many people want to be more informed and involved with their own care and learn how to prevent illness and improve wellbeing. Clinicians and carers want to be able to securely share information so they can provide safe, high quality services that are better co-ordinated around a person’s needs.
The Australian Digital Health Agency was created in July by the Australian Government to drive the development and delivery of Australia’s digital health. To help describe what digital health looks like now and in future, the organisation is launching a national consultation with the general public, clinicians, healthcare providers and funders. The findings from the national consultation will be used to develop a national digital health strategy for delivery to Government in 2017.
Formally launched today, the national consultation will be informed by a series of community-based forums, meetings with health and care stakeholders, providers and funders. The face-to-face events will be supported by the website and an online survey to help drive the development of the strategy.