New national Diagnostic Imaging Program

Working towards having Diagnostic imaging reports available in the My Health Record system and accessible by consumers and healthcare providers.

Brisbane 2 March 2017

The Australian Digital Health Agency is pleased to announce the establishment of a new Diagnostic Imaging Program.

The Agency is working towards having diagnostic imaging and pathology reports available in a single location and accessible by consumers and healthcare providers. This will enhance clinical management and care by reducing wasted clinical time trying to locate results, and avoiding unnecessary repeat examinations where a healthcare provider is unable to obtain access to a reports or is unaware that an examination has been previously performed.

This work is in line with the Agency's vision of giving people more control of their health and care by better access to information.

The Diagnostic Imaging Program's Executive Sponsor is Dr Monica Trujillo, the Agency's Executive General Manager Clinical and Consumer Engagement and Clinical Governance, and Chief Clinical Information Officer. The Agency welcomes the Program Co-Chairs and Co-Sponsors Mr Matthew Ames, Dr Nick Ferris, Dr Steve Hambleton and Dr Robert Herkes.

The first Steering Group meeting took place in Brisbane on Thursday 2 March 2017 with 17 members in attendance representing a range of healthcare peak bodies and consumer groups. The group will meet quarterly. A list of organisations represented at the Steering Group is at the end of the Communique.

The Steering Group will ensure the Diagnostic Imaging Program is aligned with sector expectations and will directly contribute to the strategy to ensure maximum participation by diagnostic imaging practices uploading reports to the My Health Record.

The group's immediate priority is to support the existing work program which comprises initiatives in Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania and the ACT which will follow the Northern Territory which started uploading diagnostic imaging reports to the my Health Record in late 2015. In these locations reports from public hospitals will be shared with the My Health Record system.

The program will also see early adopters from the private sector share reports with the My Health Record system and the Steering Group will assist with evaluation of these early implementations so that lessons learned can inform subsequent projects.

Steering Group members invited

  • Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care
  • Australian Diagnostic Imaging Association
  • Australian eHealth Research Centre
  • Australian Medical Association
  • Australian Orthopaedic Association
  • Consumer Health Forum
  • Department of Health (Medical Benefits Division)
  • Medical Software Industry Association
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
  • Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists

ENDS

Media contact:
Alison Sweeney
Senior Communications and Media Officer
02 8298 2669 / 0414 187 350
media@digitalhealth.gov.au