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Thursday, 23 November 2017

Major boost to diagnostic imaging access with 16 software companies signing onto My Health Record

More than 95 per cent of Australian diagnostic imaging practices will soon be able to connect to the My Health Record system with 16 new software companies finalising service agreements with the Australian Digital Health Agency.

Over the coming months software companies will build My Health Record connectivity into their systems. By the end of 2018, less than twelve months after offering arrangements, diagnostic imaging centres will be able to access software that connects with My Health Record and to upload reports for their patients.

Read more: Major boost to diagnostic imaging access with 16 software companies signing onto My Health Record

Men take control of their health with My Health Record

Australian men need to take greater control of their health, announced the Australian Men’s Shed Association who is encouraging men to register for a My Health Record during Movember.

Gary Green, Community Engagement Manager at the Australian Men's Shed Association, said they are partnering with the Australian Digital Health Agency to distribute My Health Record toolkits to members around Australia.

Read more: Men take control of their health with My Health Record

Annual Report 2016-17: New momentum for digital health in Australia

The first Annual Report of the Australian Digital Health Agency has been tabled in Parliament – it highlights a new partnership between governments, clinical and consumer leaders, industry and the research community to put real momentum behind bringing the benefits of digital health services to all Australians.

Significant progress has been made in the last year, the report says: Australia has a new National Digital Health Strategy endorsed by all health ministers; My Health Record is on track for national expansion in 2018; and new initiatives to enable secure paperless communications between clinicians have been launched.

Read more: Annual Report 2016-17: New momentum for digital health in Australia

New blog post! Interoperability: a personal view

Bettina McMahon, Chief Operating Officer and Executive General Manager for Government and Industry Collaboration and Adoption, shares her thoughts on a recent visit to Northcott, a not-for-profit organisation in the disabilities sector.

Read more: New blog post! Interoperability: a personal view

My Health Record: what you can do!

Andrew Daniels shares his thoughts on how My Health Record can help pharmacies build digital health capabilities, as published in Post Script Australia on Monday 6 November 2017.

Read more: My Health Record: what you can do!

Transforming Australian healthcare through digital innovation

The Australian Digital Health Agency is an enabler: we create platforms for developers, entrepreneurs and researchers so that their creativity and businesses can flourish – watch our new video on innovation.

Read more: Transforming Australian healthcare through digital innovation

New partnership supports My Health Record rollout in community pharmacies

Created on Thursday 9 November 2017

The Australian Government is committed to a digital transformation of the health sector that will empower healthcare providers and improve health outcomes for consumers.

Today, Minister for Health Greg Hunt announced a partnership with the peak national body r...

Read more: New partnership supports My Health Record rollout in community pharmacies

My Health Record coming to a pharmacy near you

Created on Wednesday 8 November 2017

Pharmacists can now upload dispense records and view hospital discharge summaries, shared health summaries, and allergy information to My Health Record using enhanced Minfos, POS Works, and RxOne software.

Read more: My Health Record coming to a pharmacy near you

Connectathon No. 4 - National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS)

The Australian Digital Health Agency in collaboration with CSIRO, is hosting its fourth technical Connectathon on the National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS) including its use of HL7's Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®). This Connectathon is being held on 5 and 6 December, in Melbourne.

Read more: Connectathon No. 4 - National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS)

Simple steps to protect small healthcare businesses

The Information Security Guide for Small Healthcare Businesses (the Guide) is a simple tool produced by the Australian Digital Health Agency for every business to take simple steps to better protect their information.

Read more: Simple steps to protect small healthcare businesses

My Health Record empowers carers and their loved ones

To celebrate the launch of National Carers Week 2017, the Australian Digital Heath Agency (the Agency) is partnering with Carers Australia to raise awareness of the practical tools that My Health Record offers to support carers and the broader community.

Read more: My Health Record empowers carers and their loved ones

SNOMED CT AU and Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) September 2017 Release

The National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS) is pleased to announce that the September combined release of SNOMED CT®‑AU[1] and the Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) is now available to registered users from the NCTS website.

Read more: SNOMED CT AU and Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) September 2017 Release

SNOMED CT AU and Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) August 2017 Release

The National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS) is pleased to announce that the August combined release of SNOMED CT® AU[1] and the Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) is now available to registered users from the NCTS website.

Read more: SNOMED CT AU and Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) August 2017 Release

Register now! Webinars for SNOMED CT-AU terminology, Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) and National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS)

We are excited to announce upcoming webinars being held for SNOMED CT-AU terminology, Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) and National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS)! The webinars will be held in September, October and November 2017, find out more information and register now in the links below!

Read more: Register now! Webinars for SNOMED CT-AU terminology, Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) and National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS)

Tim Kelsey - HIC17 Presentation 'Digital Health: A Human Imperative'

Tim Kelsey, CEO of the Australian Digital Health Agency, presented at the Health Informatics Conference (HIC) on 9 August 2017 about our work program, My Health Record and COAG's (Council of Australia's Governments) approval of Australia’s National Digital Health strategy.


Read more: Tim Kelsey - HIC17 Presentation 'Digital Health: A Human Imperative'

Boost to consumer health outcomes through better pharmacist access to My Health Record

Better patient care, efficiencies for pharmacists, and more accurate records are just some of the benefits that consumers can expect from the latest industry take-up of the digital My Health Record program.


Six additional community pharmacy software vendors have agreed to connect up to the My Heal...

Read more: Boost to consumer health outcomes through better pharmacist access to My Health Record

Health Ministers approve Australia’s National Digital Health strategy

Digital information is the bedrock of high quality healthcare. The benefits for patients are significant and compelling: hospital admissions avoided, fewer adverse drug events, reduced duplication of tests, better coordination of care for people with chronic and complex conditions, and better inform...

Read more: Health Ministers approve Australia’s National Digital Health strategy

The Clinical Terminology v20170731 July 2017 Release is now available for download

The Clinical Terminology v20170731 July 2017 Release is now available for download.

Read more: The Clinical Terminology v20170731 July 2017 Release is now available for download

Digital records pilot to deliver lifesaving benefits for hospital patients

Patients requiring urgent medical care will benefit from a hospital emergency department pilot that gives clinicians fast, secure access to health information such as allergies and medicines that may not otherwise be available in hospital information systems.

The pilot will help drive the uptake of My Health Record, a digital system that enables healthcare providers to share secure health data and improves the safety and quality of patient care. To date, over 5 million people have a My Health Record and over 10,143 healthcare providers are connected.

Read more: Digital records pilot to deliver lifesaving benefits for hospital patients

Software Developers Community Announcement: Common - Clinical Document and Shared Health Summary

The Australian Digital Health Agency and Pharmacy Guild join forces to help community pharmacies become leaders in digital health

The Australian Digital Health Agency (the Agency) and Pharmacy Guild of Australia (the Guild) have committed to work together to help build the digital health capabilities of community pharmacies and advance the efficiency, quality and delivery of healthcare to improve health outcomes for all Australians.

Read more: The Australian Digital Health Agency and Pharmacy Guild join forces to help community pharmacies become leaders in digital health

New blog post! Meredith Makeham on big data in healthcare: the US experience and potential for Australia

Australian Digital Health Agency Chief Medical Adviser, Meredith Makeham, writes on international collaboration in digital health services.

Read more: New blog post! Meredith Makeham on big data in healthcare: the US experience and potential for Australia

Detailed Clinical Model Library v4.5 July 2017 Release

The Clinical Informatics unit is pleased to announce the latest release of the Australian Digital Health Agency’s Detailed Clinical Model Library (v4.5).

Read more: Detailed Clinical Model Library v4.5 July 2017 Release

Release Announcement: Clinical Package Validator v2.5 July 2017 Release

The Agency has released version 2.5 of the Clinical Package Validator tool.

The new release helps developers reduce efforts for manual conformance testing and increase their confidence about their targeted test coverage when declaring conformance.

Read more: Release Announcement: Clinical Package Validator v2.5 July 2017 Release

Fax machines on the way out for Australian healthcare

Fax-free healthcare is one step closer today, as the Australian Digital Health Agency (the Agency) and clinical information systems vendors work together to progress secure electronic messaging between healthcare providers.

Read more: Fax machines on the way out for Australian healthcare

Fact Check: Security of My Health Record

What is My Health Record?

My Health Record is a secure online summary of your health information. An individual can control what goes into it, and who is allowed access. Individuals can choose to share their health information with their doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers.

Read more: Fact Check: Security of My Health Record

National Collaborative Network for Child Health Informatics (NCNCHI): Expert Reference Group Workshops

A number of workshops are taking place for the National Collaborative Network for Child Health Informatics (NCNCHI) in Sydney for Expert Reference Groups in July 2017.

Read more: National Collaborative Network for Child Health Informatics (NCNCHI): Expert Reference Group Workshops

The Clinical Terminology v20170630 June 2017 Release is now available for download

The Clinical Terminology v20170630 June 2017 Release is now available for download.

Read more: The Clinical Terminology v20170630 June 2017 Release is now available for download

Overview of National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS)

The National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS) delivers state of the art terminology services that promote adoption of national clinical terminologies in electronic health and medical records in Australia.

Read more: Overview of National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS)

Extension of EOI deadline to Friday 7 July, 5pm for diagnostic imaging and pathology services offers

Responses to the Diagnostic Imaging and Pathology Services Offers have closed as of Friday 7 July, 5:00PM AEST.

The Australian Digital Health Agency (the Agency) has amended the diagnostic imaging and pathology services offers in response to recent feedback from industry representatives to ensure we can help as many organisations as possible to take advantage of the offer.

Read more: Extension of EOI deadline to Friday 7 July, 5pm for diagnostic imaging and pathology services offers

Developer Partner Program Launch

The Australian Digital Health Agency presents the launch of our new Developer Partner Program on Tuesday 4 July 2017, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM AEST.

The Agency will be introducing the new look developer website, and discussing broader developer program activities.

Read more: Developer Partner Program Launch

Developer Partner Program Launch: Save the Date

The Australian Digital Health Agency is pleased to invite you to the launch of our new developer partner program. The Agency will be introducing the new look developer website and discussing broader developer program activities.

Book this into your diaries – we will be sending out detailed invitations with location and registration details later next week!

Read more: Developer Partner Program Launch: Save the Date

Private radiology to be available in My Health Record for the first time

For the first time, private radiology reports will be available in My Health Record, the Australian Digital Health Agency has announced today. Clinicians and their patients have asked for shared access to x-ray results and other radiology reports because it will improve the safety and effectiveness of their care.

As part of a comprehensive programme to improve the clinical utility of My Health Record, it has been confirmed that Queensland X Ray (QXR) – a member of the Sonic Healthcare Group - will start to upload reports.

Read more: Private radiology to be available in My Health Record for the first time

Workshops for National Collaborative Network for Child Health Informatics (NCNCHI)

eHealth NSW is seeking representatives to attend half-day workshops in June 2017 as part of the Partnership Groups into the National Collaborative Network for Child Health Informatics (NCNCHI).

Read more: Workshops for National Collaborative Network for Child Health Informatics (NCNCHI)

Meredith Makeham: Digital health transforming healthcare with benefits for Australians through My Health Record

Chief Medical Adviser Meredith Makeham recently shared her thoughts with Healthcare IT News Australia on how digital health is transforming healthcare with benefits for Australians through My Health Record.

Read more: Meredith Makeham: Digital health transforming healthcare with benefits for Australians through My Health Record

Vision for a connected Australian Health System

Australians and their clinicians want a seamless health system which delivers high quality, safe care through better sharing of information.

The Australian Digital Health Agency today has released a Request for Tender (RFT) to develop a Strategic Interoperability Framework for Australia.

Ms Bettina McMahon Executive General Manager, Government, Industry & Delivery will lead this important work, saying "Sharing patient information across the Australian healthcare system is a complex issue requiring the alignment of policy, workflow, patient information, even business models."

Read more: Vision for a connected Australian Health System

The Clinical Terminology v20170531 May 2017 Release is now available for download

The Clinical Terminology v20170531 May 2017 Release is now available for download.

Read more: The Clinical Terminology v20170531 May 2017 Release is now available for download

Private Pathology Reports To Go Live in My Health Record

Sonic Healthcare will become the first private sector provider to upload pathology reports direct to the My Health Record as part of a key initiative to ensure clinicians and patients have better access to medical information.

The Australian Digital Health Agency announced today that it will be releasing an industry offer in early June 2017 for all private pathology companies and in Australia to connect to the My Health Record.

This will allow all Australians with a My Health Record and their health care professionals to view test results through the My Health Record.

Read more: Private Pathology Reports To Go Live in My Health Record

Meredith Makeham on ABC Radio – My Health Record system

Chief Medical Adviser Meredith Makeham recently spoke to Radio National on ABC Radio about the My Health Record system.

Read more: Meredith Makeham on ABC Radio – My Health Record system

Ransomware - mitigation advice

Ransomware is an increasingly prevalent threat, with a rising number of variants designed to target our computer networks. Consequently, prior to the ‘WannaCry’ ransomware attacks that recently affected many healthcare organisations globally, the Australian Digital Health Agency (the Agency) had t...

Read more: Ransomware - mitigation advice

Budget 2017 - My Health Record

The Australian Government announced that as part of their support for Medicare and medicines, that there will be a continuation and expansion of My Health Record – which will allow individuals to access and control their own medical history and treatments such as medical tests and vaccinations.

Fo...

Read more: Budget 2017 - My Health Record

New blog post! Innovation is a team sport

In the latest Digital Health Space blog post, David O'Driscoll discusses how consumers are fast shifting towards "digital first" to manage both their professional and personal lives and how organisations can meet the challenge.

Read more: New blog post! Innovation is a team sport

The Clinical Terminology v20170430 April 2017 Release is now available for download

The Clinical Terminology v20170430 April 2017 Release is now available for download.

Read more: The Clinical Terminology v20170430 April 2017 Release is now available for download

Great health and wellbeing outcomes for Australian children made possible through patient-centred and clinician-friendly digital technologies

NSW will lead a new national collaboration to define initiatives of benefit to children's health using digital technologies and platforms.

Accessing and sharing information about their children's health is important for all parents.

Read more: Great health and wellbeing outcomes for Australian children made possible through patient-centred and clinician-friendly digital technologies

New blog post: Health in an age of information

A new blog has been published from Andrew Westcombe, technical editor at the Australian Digital Health Agency, on how the quality of healthcare is increasingly dependent upon the quality of the information available to practitioners and patients.

Read more: New blog post: Health in an age of information

New blog post! My Health Record in General Practice

Read the latest blog entry by Dr Steve Hambleton as he shares his experiences as a GP using My Health Record.

Amongst my other roles, I've been a GP at the Kedron Park 7-Day Medical Centre in Brisbane for the past 29 years. Many of my patients have been in my care for a long time and I know them v...

Read more: New blog post! My Health Record in General Practice

NSW patients first to view their pathology results in My Health Record

The Australian Digital Health Agency (the Agency) is pleased to announce that patients in NSW will now be able to view their pathology results through the My Health Record consumer portal and mobile applications.

Read more: NSW patients first to view their pathology results in My Health Record

Bringing Digital Health to Central Australia - introducing Dr Sam Goodwin

Australia's digital health system is currently developing and evolving to best serve the community's needs, and arguably, people living in the most remote areas of the continent stand to benefit the most. Recently, Tim Kelsey, CEO, Prof Meredith Makeham, Chief Medical Advisor and I travelled to the Northern Territory to meet with a number of stakeholders, among them, Dr Sam Goodwin, the Executive Director of Medical and Clinical Services with the Central Australian Health Service. Having lived and worked in the area for 11 years, Dr Goodwin gives first-hand insights into the challenges faced by remote communities and how digital services can make a significant, positive difference.

Read more: Bringing Digital Health to Central Australia - introducing Dr Sam Goodwin

Putting in place the digital foundations for better health and care

South west of Alice Springs the bush has come to life: creams and shades of blue that aren’t predicted for this time of year flourish because of the unusual rains. We stop at a vantage point that marks the life of the great Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira who described in his watercolours the pale distended limbs of Valley Ghost gum trees and the rest of this unique outback world. Albert was a resident of Hermannsburg (or Ntaria in Aboriginal designation) and this is where we are heading: a community of 900 mainly indigenous people about an hour and a half from Alice.

Read more: Putting in place the digital foundations for better health and care

The Clinical Terminology March v20170331 release is now available for download

The National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS) is pleased to announce the release of SNOMED CT®-AU and the Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) combined March release; and Royal College of Pathologists Australasia (RCPA) Pathology Terminology and Information Models v1.1 release.

Read more: The Clinical Terminology March v20170331 release is now available for download

National Product Catalogue Data Quality in Health Program

GS1 Australia and the Australian Digital Health Agency (the Agency), in partnership with the Healthcare Industry, are continuing to implement the National Product Catalogue Data Quality Improvement Program to address healthcare industry concerns relating to data quality within the National Product Catalogue (NPC).

Read more: National Product Catalogue Data Quality in Health Program

Digital Health in an Era of Precision Medicine — The Genome Generation

As the Chief Medical Adviser for the Australian Digital Health Agency (the Agency), I'm privileged to have the opportunity to meet with many inspiring people – clinicians, health consumers, researchers and innovators who help us think about the way our organisation can best serve Australians to get a good deal out of our investment in digital health services and technologies. We are delivering key services at the Agency that will enable our health system to remain world-leading in its innovation and ability to support a high standard of health and well-being for our citizens. Our continued efforts to improve and expand our understanding of how our services underpin and interrelate to the broader health and care ecosystem depends upon us continually looking outwards, reflecting and learning about future directions for health and care clinical priorities, as well as focussing on striving for internal excellence in our organisation.

Read more: Digital Health in an Era of Precision Medicine — The Genome Generation

Webinar: Zen and the art of managing multimorbidity

The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) are holding the final webinar of its 'eHealth Enabled Management of Chronic and Complex Conditions' series on Tuesday 21 March 2017.

Read more: Webinar: Zen and the art of managing multimorbidity

National Close the Gap Day - 16 March 2017

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have some of the poorest health outcomes of any group of people in the world. On average, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples die 10–17 years younger than other Australians.

Read more: National Close the Gap Day - 16 March 2017

New National Diagnostic Imaging Program Established

The Australian Digital Health Agency is pleased to announce the establishment of a new national Diagnostic Imaging Program that aims to have diagnostic imaging reports available in the My Health Record system and accessible by consumers and healthcare providers.

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.

Read more: New National Diagnostic Imaging Program Established

Clinical Professor Meredith Makeham talks to CAAMA Radio

The Agency's Chief Medical Adviser Clinical Professor Meredith Makeham recently spoke to Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) radio about the benefits of digital health in remote communities.

Read more: Clinical Professor Meredith Makeham talks to CAAMA Radio

Extended Submission Date - Community Pharmacy Software Industry Partnership Offer

The submissions due date has been extended until Monday 20 March 2017 - 6pm AEDST.****

We recognise the place of quality medicines information for people’s day-to-day health and wellbeing and in the transfer of care between settings. This is why we want to ensure community pharmacists can access people's health records, and also share the vital information they hold with patients and their other clinicians.

The Agency is partnering with community pharmacy dispensing software providers, to enhance their products to allow viewing and uploading to the My Health Record system. We also want this sector to use Australian Medicines Terminology to enhance the quality and interoperability of medicines information.

Read more: Extended Submission Date - Community Pharmacy Software Industry Partnership Offer

Telehealth to expand services in Central Australia

The Agency's Chief Executive Tim Kelsey said he was delighted the Agency is working with the Northern Territory Government to improve telehealth service delivery in remote Australia.

Read more: Telehealth to expand services in Central Australia

Rural and remote clinicians webinar recording and presentation now available

The Australian Digital Health Agency held a webinar on Wednesday 1 February 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm AWST/1:00pm-2:30pm ACST with rural and remote clinicians to gather feedback on how data and technology can be used to improve health, care and the quality of life for Australians in rural and remote communities.

Read more: Rural and remote clinicians webinar recording and presentation now available

Register TODAY for Digital Health and My Health Record Forum

The WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) and the Australian Digital Health Agency are co-hosting a forum for clinicians and healthcare professionals on Tuesday 7 March, 5:30pm to increase awareness of the benefits of utilising Digital Health tools, particularly My Health Record.

Read more: Register TODAY for Digital Health and My Health Record Forum

Australian Digital Health Agency will be in Alice Springs, NT!

The Australian Digital Health Agency will visit Alice Springs, Northern Territory on Friday 10 March to discuss the role of digital health in the future of health and care in the community of Central Australia.

Read more: Australian Digital Health Agency will be in Alice Springs, NT!

The Clinical Terminology February v20170228 release is now available for download

The Clinical Terminology February v20170228 release is now available for download from the National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS) website.

Read more: The Clinical Terminology February v20170228 release is now available for download

Digital Health - Towards 2022

Five years ago we could not have imagined how much technology would change our lives. So what will five years from now look like when it comes to health and care?

Over the last few months the Australian Digital Health Agency has been asking just that – what are the opportunities for digital health and emerging technologies to transform health and care?

On Thursday 23 February, the Agency held forums with both industry and clinicians to get together to look at the opportunities and challenges in digital health.

Read more: Digital Health - Towards 2022

Announcement: Extension of Deadline for SM Proof of Concept RFT submissions to 10 March 2017, 5pm (AEST)

The deadline for the Secure Messaging RFT has been extended by one week, from 3 March to 10 March 2017 to provide consortiums additional time to establish their working relationships and arrangements. Please note this is the only extension that will be granted in line with this RFT and no additional extensions will be made.

Read more: Announcement: Extension of Deadline for SM Proof of Concept RFT submissions to 10 March 2017, 5pm (AEST)

New National Pathology Program Established

The Australian Digital Health Agency is pleased to announce the establishment of a new national Pathology Program to deliver outcomes that improve interoperability, quality, safety and access to pathology results.

The first Steering Group meeting took place in Sydney on Monday 6 February 2017 with 18 members in attendance representing a range of healthcare peak bodies and consumer groups.

Read more: New National Pathology Program Established

The Future of Digital Health

On Monday 13 February, more than 1,000 people tuned in to the Australian Digital Health Agency national webcast on the future of digital health.

Facilitated by Ellen Fanning, the webcast marked the final stage of the consultation towards a co-produced National Digital Health Strategy, due for delivery to the Australian Government in mid-2017.

Read more: The Future of Digital Health

Clinical Informatics Unit Announcement: Participation Data Specification Release

The Clinical Informatics unit is pleased to announce the latest release of the Australian Digital Health Agency's Participation Data Specification (v3.3).

Read more: Clinical Informatics Unit Announcement: Participation Data Specification Release

National Digital Health Strategy consultation: Emerging themes on the future of digital health

What are we hearing from the Australian community on what makes the ideal health service? What are the key priorities we should focus on?

Over 1,000 people completed our online survey and sent us submissions, along with over 3,000 attended workshops, meetings, town halls, forums, and webcasts to share with us their thoughts on where they see the future of health and care.

Read more: National Digital Health Strategy consultation: Emerging themes on the future of digital health

SNOMED International now accepting applications for Management Board positions

SNOMED International is now accepting applications for Management Board positions. The application deadline is 28 February 2017.

Read more: SNOMED International now accepting applications for Management Board positions

Industry Forum - The Role of Industry in Co-Designing Australia's Digital Health Strategy

We'd like to invite you to discuss what the Australian Digital Health Agency's role could be in progressing digital health to 2022, and to explore the role of industry in delivering our shared vision in the industry forum on Thursday 23 February 2017.

The Agency's Executive General Managers will take the opportunity to share the emerging themes from our national consultation and request industry to help us refine the themes - in doing so ensure the final Digital Health Strategy will be one we all agree sets out the direction of digital health for Australia.

Read more: Industry Forum - The Role of Industry in Co-Designing Australia's Digital Health Strategy

Clinical Forum - The Role of Healthcare in Co-Designing Australia's Digital Health Strategy

At this important forum on Thursday 23 February 2017, we will present what the Agency’s role is in progressing digital health to 2022, plus discuss the role Healthcare Professionals needs to play to reach this common goal.

Read more: Clinical Forum - The Role of Healthcare in Co-Designing Australia's Digital Health Strategy

National webcast on digital health: Findings so far

On Monday 30 January, the Australian Digital Health Agency hosted a national webcast as part of a national consultation on digital health.

Read more: National webcast on digital health: Findings so far

Board Advisory Committee members announced

Message from Jim Birch, Chair of the Australian Digital Health Agency: On behalf of the Board of the Australian Digital Health Agency I am pleased to announce the appointment of members to the five Board Advisory Committees — Clinical and Technical; Consumer; Privacy and Security; Audit and Risk; and Digital Health Safety and Quality Governance.

Read more: Board Advisory Committee members announced

Software Developers Community Announcement: Clinical Documents Integration Toolkit

We are pleased to announce the release of Clinical Documents Integration Toolkit v1.6. This release provides updates for the following sample code components: Generic Clinical Document Style Sheet v1.3; and Clinical Document Library - .NET Sample Code v4.3.1.

Read more: Software Developers Community Announcement: Clinical Documents Integration Toolkit

Secure Messaging to take a leap forward

The Australian Digital Health Agency has released a request for tender seeking partners in industry to establish an interoperable and secure electronic messaging service. Its objective is to improve ‘point to point’ messaging across care providers and the clinical information systems being used across Australia.

Read more: Secure Messaging to take a leap forward

Secure Messaging Proof of Concept Projects Request for Tender

The Australian Digital Health Agency invites industry providers delivering secure messaging, clinical information system/applications suppliers and end users to collaborate with the Agency on national implementation projects. The projects will prove the concept and demonstrate a working model for three use cases to progress the adoption of secure messaging capabilities across the health sector in Australia.

Read more: Secure Messaging Proof of Concept Projects Request for Tender

Webinar: Care planning for the patient with multimorbidities - systems, teams, tools

The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) will be holding the second webinar of its 'eHealth Enabled Management of Chronic and Complex Conditions' series on Tuesday 7 February 2017.

Read more: Webinar: Care planning for the patient with multimorbidities - systems, teams, tools

Webcast: The Future of Digital Health in Australia - A Social Policy Discussion

What do Australians want from a modern healthcare system?

Over the last few months the Australian Digital Health Agency has spoken to all areas of the community – including consumers, clinicians, healthcare providers, peak and advisory bodies, research and science, industry, and technology –  to better understand the needs, wants and aspirations of Australians in respect to their health and care.

Read more: Webcast: The Future of Digital Health in Australia - A Social Policy Discussion

Community Pharmacy Software Industry Partnership Offer

The Agency recognises the importance of quality medicines information for people's health and wellbeing day-to-day, and in the transfer of care between healthcare settings. We want to ensure community pharmacists can access people’s health records and share the vital information they hold with patients and other healthcare providers.

To achieve this vision, the Agency wants to partner with community pharmacists and software providers to accelerate the contribution community pharmacy can make to a digitally-enabled healthcare system.

Submissions are invited until Monday 20 March 2017 - 6pm AEDST.****

Read more: Community Pharmacy Software Industry Partnership Offer

Clinical Professor Meredith Makeham talks to 2SER on Australian healthcare: The Digital Boom

The Agency's Chief Medical Adviser Clinical Professor Meredith Makeham spoke to 2SER on Australian healthcare: The Digital Boom

Read more: Clinical Professor Meredith Makeham talks to 2SER on Australian healthcare: The Digital Boom

Webinar: Update on My Health Record Release 8 and New Developer Engagement Program

Rachel De Sain, Rupert Lee & Dr Steve Hambleton hosted a webinar on Friday 10 February as an opportunity to learn more about the upcoming Release of My Health Record, and the launch of a new Developer Engagement Program.

Read more: Webinar: Update on My Health Record Release 8 and New Developer Engagement Program

The Clinical Terminology January v20170131 Release is now available for download

The Clinical Terminology January v20170131 release is now available for download from the National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS) website.

Read more: The Clinical Terminology January v20170131 Release is now available for download

Clinical Professor Meredith Makeham talks to Western Life News

The Agency's Chief Medical Adviser Clinical Professor Meredith Makeham spoke to Western Life News in Queensland on Friday 27 January 2017 about Australia's national digital health strategy and what rural consumers and clinicians want from a modern healthcare system.

Read more: Clinical Professor Meredith Makeham talks to Western Life News

Advance notice: Plan to call for Expressions of Interest for secure messaging proof of concept projects

The Australian Digital Health Agency (Agency) is providing advance notice to jurisdictions, industry and the healthcare sector that it plans to call for Expressions of Interest as part of its secure messaging program.

Read more: Advance notice: Plan to call for Expressions of Interest for secure messaging proof of concept projects

National Medicines Safety Program Established

The Australian Digital Health Agency is pleased to announce the establishment of a new national Medicines Safety Program.

The Agency’s Executive General Manager Clinical and Consumer Engagement and Clinical Governance, and Chief Clinical Information Officer Dr Monica Trujillo said the program will work with consumers and healthcare providers to explore how digital health can improve the safety and quality of medicines usage in Australia.

Read more: National Medicines Safety Program Established

Rural and Remote Clinician Webinar

Taking place on Wednesday 1 February 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm AWST/1:00pm-2:30pm ACST, a webinar with rural and remote clinicians to gather feedback on how data and technology can be used to improve health, care and the quality of life for Australians in rural and remote communities.

Read more: Rural and Remote Clinician Webinar

National Digital Health Strategy consultation: What have we learned so far?

How should Australia take advantage of the opportunities that new technologies offer to improve health and care? What do Australians want and expect from a modern healthcare system?

Over 600 online submissions have been received and more than 2,500 people have attended meetings, forums, workshops, webcasts and town halls across Australia – watch the video below to see what the Australian community has been saying!

Read more: National Digital Health Strategy consultation: What have we learned so far?

New blog post: Child immunisation and digital health

The week before Christmas 2016, with temperatures peaking at 43 degrees, I travelled with our CEO, Tim Kelsey and Chief Medical Adviser, Clinical Professor Meredith Makeham to Perth, Bunbury and Busselton in Western Australia.

The trip was part of our national conversation with the Australian people about digital health; how we can best shape it around Australia’s needs, wants and aspirations. This conversation is part of a larger consultation activity as we work towards co-producing a National Digital Health Strategy for the Australian Government.

All up, we talked to around 100 people across the WA health sector. Many subjects were raised and discussed, including the important subject of child immunisation.

Read more: New blog post: Child immunisation and digital health

How do you see the future of digital health? Your health. Your say. Survey and written submissions.

The Australian Digital Health Agency wants to hear from you. Whether you’re a patient, a member of the public, a healthcare provider, scientist or researcher, entrepreneur or technology innovator. Tell us what is important to you so that what we do is shaped around what you need.

There’s nothing more important than our health and the health of those we care about. Putting data and technology safely to work for patients, consumers and the healthcare professionals who look after them can help Australians live healthier, happier and more productive lives.

How should Australia take advantage of the opportunities that new technologies offer to improve health and care? What do Australians want and expect from a modern healthcare system?

Read more: How do you see the future of digital health? Your health. Your say. Survey and written submissions.

Making healthcare easier through phone access

[CEO Tim Kelsey and Chief Medical Adviser Meredith Makeham][1] recently visited Bunbury, WA to hear health and care stories, including My Health Record, in the community.

Read more: Making healthcare easier through phone access

IHTSDO survey on use of SNOMED CT

International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO) is conducting a survey and your input would be appreciated. IHTSDO is a not-for-profit organisation that owns, administers and develops SNOMED CT. The purpose of this survey is to gather information about SNOMED CT use and benefits in order to inform our SNOMED CT product and service development, and better support the user community.

Read more: IHTSDO survey on use of SNOMED CT

The Clinical Terminology December v20161231 Release is now available for download

The Clinical Terminology December v20161231 release is now available for download from the National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS) website.

Read more: The Clinical Terminology December v20161231 Release is now available for download

Q&A Webcast: National Digital Health Strategy - findings so far

The Australian Digital Health Agency are hosting a Q & A Webcast on Monday 30 January 2pm – 3:30pm AEDT.

Read more: Q&A Webcast: National Digital Health Strategy - findings so far

World Health Organisation (WHO) Webinar: Safer Primary Care

Chief Medical Adviser Associate Professor Meredith Makeham will be speaking on Administrative Errors in the first webinar on Safer Primary Care, taking place on Friday 16 December 2016 at 1330 Geneva time.

Read more: World Health Organisation (WHO) Webinar: Safer Primary Care

Webinar: Digital health and the improvement of quality and safety in the management of chronic disease

The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) held a webinar on digital health and the improvement of quality and safety in the management of chronic disease on Thursday 15 December.

Read more: Webinar: Digital health and the improvement of quality and safety in the management of chronic disease

CEO Tim Kelsey in Channel Nine interview

Tim Kelsey speaks about the My Health Record system and says he is convinced the Australian Digital Health Agency can deliver a successful outcome in Australia.

Read more: CEO Tim Kelsey in Channel Nine interview

Chief Medical Adviser Associate Professor Meredith Makeham talks to Australian Doctor

The Clinical Terminology November v20161130 Release is now available for download

The Clinical Terminology November v20161130 release is now available for download from the Agency website.

Read more: The Clinical Terminology November v20161130 Release is now available for download

HIPS November 2016 Release

The Australian Digital Health Agency is pleased to announce the release of HIPS v6.1. This version supersedes and combines the functionality of HIPS v5.0 and eHealth Integration Sample Code (eHISC) v6.0, and provides the basis for all future HIPS releases.

Read more: HIPS November 2016 Release

AMT Support Group Meeting - November 2016

The next Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) Support Group meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 30 November 10:00am-12:00pm AEDT.

Read more: AMT Support Group Meeting - November 2016

Listen to the national webcast on digital health - then have your say!

More than 650 online viewers tuned it to a national webcast hosted by the Australian Digital Health Agency as part of a national consultation on digital health.

Read more: Listen to the national webcast on digital health - then have your say!

New video blog post: Dr Monica Trujillo and starting the conversation on digital health

In a new video blog, Dr Monica Trujillo, Chief Clinical Information Officer and Executive General Manager, Clinical and Consumer Engagement and Clinical Governance for the Australian Digital Health Agency, talks about how putting data and technology safely to work for patients, consumers and the healthcare professionals who look after them can help Australians live healthier, happier and more productive lives.

Read more: New video blog post: Dr Monica Trujillo and starting the conversation on digital health

Industry forums on the future of digital health

Have your say in Australia's national digital health strategy.

The Australian Digital Health Agency was created in July by the Australian Government to drive the development and delivery of Australia’s digital health and has commenced a national consultation to understand what the community wants from a modern healthcare system. As part of the consultation, we are hosting two industry forums on the future of digital health in Australia. The findings from the national consultation will be used to develop a national digital health strategy for delivery to Federal Government in 2017.

Read more: Industry forums on the future of digital health

New blog post by David O'Driscoll: Mobile enablement meeting consumer demands

In September 2016, I was invited to speak at HISA Queensland’s workshop for Health Data Interoperability, held at Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital.  As the title suggests, the workshop brought together clinicians, technologists and other health informaticians to discuss various approaches to making interoperability within digital health services a reality. Such interoperability is universally recognised as a key component for an effective, user-friendly service.

Read more: New blog post by David O'Driscoll: Mobile enablement meeting consumer demands

New blog post by Dr John Aloizos AM - Automating faxes was just the start: Inala Primary Care and Digital Health

Driving through the streets of Inala, a south-west Brisbane suburb, is always memorable. The 1950s style brick-and-stucco housing is clear evidence of Inala’s origins as a post-war social housing experiment. Through the decades, disadvantage has continued to dominate the area, populated by the elderly and predominantly African, Middle Eastern and Asian communities – in particular Vietnamese, who were among Australia’s first wave of ‘Boat People’ and made Inala their home. Indigenous art work in the local parks reflect one of Queensland’s largest agglomerations of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Island and Pacific Island peoples.

Read more: New blog post by Dr John Aloizos AM - Automating faxes was just the start: Inala Primary Care and Digital Health

Launch of eProcurement Working Group

A collaborative industry approach is key to driving the adoption of eProcurement in the Australian Healthcare industry and realising the benefits more efficiently. In support of this the Australian Digital Health Agency has brought together an eProcurement Working Group.

Read more: Launch of eProcurement Working Group

Secure Messaging Integration Toolkit v1.2.3 now available

The Australian Digital Health Agency is pleased to announce the release of Secure Messaging Integration Toolkit v1.2.3.

Read more: Secure Messaging Integration Toolkit v1.2.3 now available

National consultation gains momentum

The Australian Digital Health Agency's national consultation on digital health is continuing with a number of events taking place this week.

Read more: National consultation gains momentum

New blog post by Rachel de Sain: Why I’m behind digital health

“Can you give me a call when you’re free, love mum.”

The message flashed up on my phone and my heart dropped. I knew something was up. My mum’s attempts at ‘text speak’ usually end up with half a screen of rambled shortcuts that I need to look up urban dictionary to decipher.  This, on the other hand, was too short for comfort.

Read more: New blog post by Rachel de Sain: Why I’m behind digital health

The Agency’s Dr Monica Trujillo on why we want to hear from you

Dr Trujillo, Executive General Manager, Clinical and Consumer Engagement and Clinical Governance, and Chief Clinical Information Officer, spoke to Aged Care Insite to discuss how the Agency is engaging with all areas of the community – including consumers, clinicians, healthcare providers, peak and advisory bodies, research and science, industry, and technology –  on the national digital health strategy.

Read more: The Agency’s Dr Monica Trujillo on why we want to hear from you

Launch of the National Digital Health Strategy Consultation

Your health. Your say.

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.

Read more: Launch of the National Digital Health Strategy Consultation

Digital Health Open Forums, Tasmania

The Australian Digital Health Agency are holding a number of open forums for the general public and industry and healthcare professionals to have a voice and shape the future of how data and technology can be used to create happier and healthier lives.

Kicking off on Thursday 10 November in Tasmania, the following events will take place, plus a Q & A Webcast to take place the following week, Monday 14 November.

Read more: Digital Health Open Forums, Tasmania

The Clinical Terminology October v20161031 release is now available for download

The Clinical Terminology October v20161031 release is now available for download from the Agency website.

Read more: The Clinical Terminology October v20161031 release is now available for download

Digital Health Agency responds to calls to fix electronic messaging

The Australian Digital Health Agency is launching a major program with the medical software industry and healthcare providers to realise the direct benefits for providers and their patients of using secure, electronic messaging for communicating with other health professionals.

Read more: Digital Health Agency responds to calls to fix electronic messaging

Clinical Leaders to join Digital Health Agency

The Australian Digital Health Agency has today announced the appointments of Associate Professor Meredith Makeham and Dr Steve Hambleton.

Leading patient safety advocate Associate Professor Meredith Makeham takes on the role of Chief Medical Adviser in which she will lead the development of initiatives to ensure that digital health services are designed, built and evaluated in partnership with the research community in Australia and internationally.  Associate Professor Makeham, a practising GP, will be a member of the Australian Digital Health Agency’s executive leadership team and will provide advice in her areas of expertise including patient safety, clinical governance, risk management, and digital health and safety research.

Read more: Clinical Leaders to join Digital Health Agency

Digital Health Space blog: Leading voices in health and care

The Australian Digital Health Agency has launched the Digital Health Space, a blog where stories across Australian health and care are told and shared. Leading voices across peak bodies, healthcare advocates, along with emerging and established health and technology professionals will share their stories on the future of digital health and care.

Read more: Digital Health Space blog: Leading voices in health and care

The Clinical Terminology September v20160930 release is now available for download

The Clinical Terminology September v20160930 release is now available for download from the Agency website.

Read more: The Clinical Terminology September v20160930 release is now available for download

Will you play a part in driving the digital transformation of Australian healthcare?

Message from Jim Birch, Chair of the Australian Digital Health Agency: Will you play a part in driving the digital transformation of Australian healthcare? The Board of the Australian Digital Health Agency is calling for people to support it in driving the digital transformation of Australian healthcare.

Read more: Will you play a part in driving the digital transformation of Australian healthcare?

Dr John Aloizos discusses My Health Record system benefits

Dr John Aloizos, Clinical Advisor to the Australian Digital Health Agency, discusses how the My Health Record and digital technologies are helping his team at Garden City Medical Centre develop clinical pathways for patients with chronic and complex illnesses, and provide comprehensive care and service for their patients.

Read more: Dr John Aloizos discusses My Health Record system benefits

Unleashing the power of people - How digital services can transform healthcare

The Agency will shortly be launching an Agency blog. Here is our first post from the Agency CEO Mr Tim Kelsey.

Read more: Unleashing the power of people - How digital services can transform healthcare

Detailed Clinical Model Library - Clinical Informatics

The Clinical Informatics unit is pleased to announce the latest release of the Australian Digital Health Agency's Detailed Clinical Model Library (v4.4).

Read more: Detailed Clinical Model Library - Clinical Informatics

The Clinical Terminology August v20160831 release is now available for download

The Clinical Terminology August v20160831 release is now available for download from the Agency website.

Read more: The Clinical Terminology August v20160831 release is now available for download

Tim Kelsey: Digital opportunities in health services

Australian Digital Health Agency CEO, Tim Kelsey, recently presented to the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) on the role of digital in the integration of health services.

Read more: Tim Kelsey: Digital opportunities in health services

My Health Record: A patient's journey

A patient's My Health Record can provide important information for healthcare providers in every step of an individual's health journey.

Read more: My Health Record: A patient's journey

Growing at one every 38 seconds the My Health Record hits 4 million!

Minister for Health Sussan Ley announced the number of people with a My Health Record has surpassed 4 million, or around 17 per cent of all Australians.

Read more: Growing at one every 38 seconds the My Health Record hits 4 million!

Appointment of CEO for the Australian Digital Health Agency

Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, today announced the appointment of Mr Tim Kelsey as the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Digital Health Agency which is responsible for all national digital health services and systems, with a focus on engagement, innovation and clinical quality and safety.

Read more: Appointment of CEO for the Australian Digital Health Agency

The Clinical Terminology v20160731 July 2016 Release is now available for download

The Clinical Terminology July v20160731 Release is now available for download from the Agency website.

Read more: The Clinical Terminology v20160731 July 2016 Release is now available for download

Royal College of Pathologists Australasia (RCPA) Terminology and Information Model v1.0 Release

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) Pathology Terminology and Information Models v1.0 has now been published on the Australian Digital Health Agency website.

Read more: Royal College of Pathologists Australasia (RCPA) Terminology and Information Model v1.0 Release

New National Clinical Terminology Service website

The new website for the National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS) is scheduled to launch early October 2016 and will be available at The new website for the National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS) is scheduled to launch early October 2016 and will be available at

The NCTS, operated by the Australian Digital Health Agency, is responsible for managing, developing and distributing national clinical terminology solutions such as SNOMED CT-AU and the Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT).

Read more: New National Clinical Terminology Service website

National Clinical Terminology Service Connectathon: 5-6 July 2016

The Australian Digital Health Agency, HL7 Australia and CSIRO, gathered more than 40 national and international software developers and implementers in Sydney for the third National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS) Connectathon.

Read more: National Clinical Terminology Service Connectathon: 5-6 July 2016

APNA delegates on the benefits of My Health Record system

The Agency recently spoke to a number of delegates at the Australian Primary Nurses Australia (APNA) Conference 2016 about the benefits of the My Health Record system.

Read more: APNA delegates on the benefits of My Health Record system