About the Agency

The Agency

The Australian Digital Health Agency (the Agency) commenced operations on 1 July 2016.

Established as a statutory authority in the form of a corporate Commonwealth entity, the Agency reports to State and Territory Health Ministers through the COAG Health Council.

The Agency leads and provides direction in developing digital health, bringing the Australian health system into the digital century. It is responsible for the national digital health strategy including the design, development, delivery and national operations, while the Commonwealth Department of Health is responsible for national digital health policy.

The vision

To set the direction for the Australian digital health eco-system enabling all parties, both public and private, to innovate and deliver complementary products and services to leverage the national digital health infrastructure and deliver digital health outcomes.

Through collaboration and engagement with key stakeholders, provide secure storage and appropriate access to standards based health information in accordance with individuals consent in order to improve health outcomes for all Australians.

  • Deliver a national digital health system to improve the health outcomes of all Australians.
  • Full engagement, participation, equity and empowerment of consumers, and
  • Open collaboration available to all health professionals, making
  • Person centred coordinated care decisions based on sharing data; using
  • Practical and secure information technologies; underpinned by
  • Government policies and regulations;
  • Transparency, through public reporting; and
  • Respect for the individual and their privacy.

Background

In November 2013, the Australian Government commissioned a review of the Personally Controlled eHealth Record (PCEHR) to assess the status of the PCEHR implementation and to work with health professionals and industry to prioritise further implementation. The Review, released on 19 May 2014, can be found at http://health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/ehealth-record

The 2015-16 Federal Budget announcement My Health Record - A New Direction for Electronic Health Records in Australia provided funding to strengthen eHealth governance arrangements consistent with the Review. This included the transition of relevant activities and resources from the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA), and also from the national My Health Record system operation activities managed by the Department of Health, to a new entity called the Australian Digital Health Agency.