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Media release: Australian Medicines Terminology reaches 100th milestone release

Every day, clinicians across Australia prescribe medicines for their patients, and pharmacists dispense them. The clinical systems that manage these processes may vary widely, and it is vital that the medicines information within these diverse systems is always interpreted correctly.

Australia is a recognised leader in the development and application of clinical terminologies such as the Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT), which codes and describes all commonly used medicines to support electronic medication management.

Read more: Media release: Australian Medicines Terminology reaches 100th milestone release

Media release - Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre initiative announced

$200 million opportunity that will foster collaborative research and development aimed at transforming digital health service delivery; improving health outcomes; reducing waste in the health system; building businesses and jobs.

The Australian Digital Health Agency welcomes the announcement by Se...

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Media release - New My Health Record guidelines launched for pharmacists

Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) launched new guidelines today for pharmacists to promote meaningful clinical use of the My Health Record system to enhance patient-centred care.

The new guidelines will help increase the number of pharmacists using My Health Record, a digital system that enables healthcare providers to share secure health data and improve the safety and quality of patient care.

Read more: Media release - New My Health Record guidelines launched for pharmacists

FHIR® webinars and NCTS Connectathon – coming soon!

Opportunity for developers to lift their FHIR® and clinical terminologies skills ahead of the April connectathon.

Read more: FHIR® webinars and NCTS Connectathon – coming soon!

Product Release: SNOMED CT‑AU and Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) March 2018

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

Read more: Product Release: SNOMED CT‑AU and Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) March 2018

Media release: To InfinityPATH and beyond for My Health Record

Pathology reports are a vital tool to help identify the nature and causes of disease. They underpin every aspect of medicine from diagnostic testing and monitoring of chronic diseases to blood transfusion technologies.

Australian health outcomes will be improved following Queensland based specialist surgical pathology lab InfinityPATH’s announcement that it is now uploading pathology reports to My Health Record.

Read more: Media release: To InfinityPATH and beyond for My Health Record

Statement on Telstra Health’s Argus secure messaging software

The Australian Digital Health Agency would like to confirm that secure messaging software – including Argus – does not connect to the My Health Record. Instead, this type of software allows one healthcare provider to send a message directly to another through a secure electronic channel.

Read more: Statement on Telstra Health’s Argus secure messaging software

National Clinical Terminology Service Connectathon - Technical Webinars

The Australian Digital Health Agency in collaboration with the CSIRO, is hosting three webinars ahead of its fifth technical Connectathon on the National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS) including its use of HL7's Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®). These webinars are open to anyone interested in attending.

Read more: National Clinical Terminology Service Connectathon - Technical Webinars

Diagnostic Reports and My Health Record Webinar

The Australian Digital Health Agency will be holding a national 'Diagnostic Reports and My Health Record' webinar for healthcare providers on Tuesday 27th March 2018. This webinar will provide healthcare professionals with an update on progress towards sharing of diagnostic reports with the My Health Record.

Read more: Diagnostic Reports and My Health Record Webinar

National Clinical Terminology Service Connectathon - 17 April 2018

The Australian Digital Health Agency in collaboration with the CSIRO, is hosting its fifth technical Connectathon on the National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS) including its use of HL7's Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®). The Connectathon will be held 17 April 2018 in Brisbane - register online by COB 3 April.

Read more: National Clinical Terminology Service Connectathon - 17 April 2018

Media Release: First My Health Record connected town in Australia

The community of Berrigan in NSW is the first town in Australia where all key healthcare providers are connected and using My Health Record.


Sussan Ley MP, Agency CEO Tim Kelsey, Agency Chief Medical Adviser Meredith Makeham, MPHN Director Clinical Services Julie Redway, MPHN staff, and local community members

The Hon Sussan Ley MP, Member for Farrer, representing Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, and the Minister for Rural Health, Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie, said people in rural and remote areas of Australia need to be able to have their important health information when they receive care.

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Media Release - Workforce is key: first Agency work placement awarded

A PhD student specialising in speech recognition for digital health record based documentation has been awarded a paid work placement at the Australian Digital Health Agency.

Toby Hodgson has been offered this placement as part of the four-year Australasian Health Informatics Fellowship Program (AHIFP) run by the Australasian College of Health Informatics (ACHI).

Read more: Media Release - Workforce is key: first Agency work placement awarded

Organisations invited to contribute to the implementation plan for Australia’s National Digital Health Strategy

In 2017, Australia’s National Digital Health Strategy - Safe, Seamless and Secure was approved by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Health Council putting the consumer at the centre of their healthcare and providing choice, control and transparency. The Agency, in consultation with the states and territories, has drafted a Framework for Action to support the strategy’s implementation and we are now running a consultation phase to gain wider feedback on the draft framework.

Read more: Organisations invited to contribute to the implementation plan for Australia’s National Digital Health Strategy

Media Release: A new national digital collaborative to improve child health

Australia’s states and territories have joined forces in a unique and transformative partnership that harnesses technology to improve the health and wellbeing of Australian children.

In one of the first initiatives of Australia’s National Digital Health Strategy – Safe, Seamless, and Secure, the Australian Digital Health Agency is partnering with eHealth NSW and the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN) to establish the National Children’s Digital Health Collaborative.

Read more: Media Release: A new national digital collaborative to improve child health

PHNs build My Health Record expansion readiness

My Health Record Training and Strategic Engagement event lays the foundations for communications and provider readiness.

Read more: PHNs build My Health Record expansion readiness

Join our clinical terminologies webinars

Agency webinars introduce SNOMED CT-AU and the Australian Medicines Terminology to healthcare providers and digital health developers.

Read more: Join our clinical terminologies webinars

Blog: What are the prospects for artificial intelligence in healthcare?

Blog: The importance of interoperability: a conversation with Dr Nathan Pinskier

Dr Nathan Pinskier discusses how interoperability across the sector will benefit greatly from the adoption of secure electronic messaging.

Read more: Blog: The importance of interoperability: a conversation with Dr Nathan Pinskier

Blog: “Pharmacists have worked in the dark for way too long”

Associate Professor Mark Naunton says that pharmacists have worked in the dark for too long, and looks forward to them having secure access to patient health information.

Read more: Blog: “Pharmacists have worked in the dark for way too long”

Blog: On the road, in the air – talking about My Health Record in Western Australia

Agency CEO Tim Kelsey’s reflections on his recent stakeholder meetings in Western Australia.

Read more: Blog: On the road, in the air – talking about My Health Record in Western Australia

Blog: "My Health Record will definitely help ... There is no question."

Dr Michael Crampton was involved in the Nepean and Blue Mountains opt-out trial of My Health Record and has followed its evolution over the past few years.

Read more: Blog: "My Health Record will definitely help ... There is no question."

Blog: Making timely and safe clinical decisions

Hospital pharmacist Leonie Abbott explains why having My Health Record accessible 24/7 is a huge benefit to the system.

Read more: Blog: Making timely and safe clinical decisions

Blog: Demand for mobile access continues to grow

Consumers demand access to health records anywhere and anytime.

Read more: Blog: Demand for mobile access continues to grow

Blog: Apple’s new Health app heats up the digital health market

What does this mean for Australian developers, providers and consumers?

Read more: Blog: Apple’s new Health app heats up the digital health market

Product Release: SNOMED CT‑AU and Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) February 2018

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

Read more: Product Release: SNOMED CT‑AU and Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) February 2018

Media Release: International Digital Health Symposium brings leaders together

Digital health leaders from around the globe have met at the inaugural International Digital Health Symposium in Sydney to learn from different global approaches to digital innovation that are inclusive, evidence-based, and support sustainable, high quality health and care.

The leaders discussed the global advancement of digital health policy, how digital health can support clinical quality and safety, challenges in healthcare interoperability, data sharing for health systems improvement, and building the evidence base for digital health benefits. The management of global public health priorities, new approaches to disease prevention, and maximising the benefits of precision medicine were also discussed.

Read more: Media Release: International Digital Health Symposium brings leaders together

Blog - When every second counts: Q&A with Dr Andrew Hugman, Emergency Physician

Accurate and timely information is vital in medicine, and never more so than in emergency departments, where time is of the essence and patients may arrive in critical conditions.

The My Health Record in Emergency Departments Project sets out to research, pilot and establish routine use of the...

Read more: Blog - When every second counts: Q&A with Dr Andrew Hugman, Emergency Physician

Media Release: New Global Digital Health Partnership


The Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Australian Minister for Health, the Hon. Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda, Minister for Health and Family Welfare, the Australian Digital Health Agency CEO Tim Kelsey with participants at the Global Digital Health Partnership (GDHP) Summit 2018

International participants from thirteen countries, Hong Kong SAR, and the World Health Organization (WHO) have kicked off a new global network to support best use of digital technology in modern healthcare.

The Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Australian Minister for Health, and the Hon. Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda, Minister for Health and Family Welfare, welcomed the participants to the inaugural Global Digital Health Partnership (GDHP) Summit held in Canberra today.

Minister Hunt said the partnership will create a common platform for international experts to share knowledge and experiences, to network, and to forecast emerging trends to support the digital health landscape.

“Digital Health is the penicillin of our time, with precision medicine and genomics offering opportunities to cure previously incurable diseases and deliver better life saving medicine”.

The Global Digital Health Partnership is an opportunity for deep, transformational engagement by governments, digital health agencies, and the WHO so they can learn, share policy and other evidence that supports them to deliver better digital health services.

Read more: Media Release: New Global Digital Health Partnership

Media Release - India is committed to reforms in health service delivery using ICT under Digital India Program: J P Nadda

“Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has great potential towards improvement of delivery of healthcare services. India is committed to reforms in health service delivery using ICTunder Digital India Program of Government of India.” This was stated by Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare during his address at Global Digital Health Partnership Summit, at Canberra, Australia, today.The Union Health Minister spoke on the topic: Making Digital Health Services a Priority in Healthcare Reform.

Read more: Media Release - India is committed to reforms in health service delivery using ICT under Digital India Program: J P Nadda

Product Release: New and Updated Clinical Documents

The Australian Digital Health Agency (Agency) has released new and updated versions of a number of clinical document specifications.

Read more: Product Release: New and Updated Clinical Documents

Blog: Getting the care you deserve, no matter where you live

Australia's famously harsh outback is an unforgiving place. To survive and prosper in such an environment requires more than just grit and self-reliance - it requires innovation. The Royal Flying Doctor Service and the School of the Air are just two of the famous Australian innovations that have helped to overcome the vast distances and support rural and remote communities.

Read more: Blog: Getting the care you deserve, no matter where you live

Blog: Sydney North PHN facilitates a smooth transition to My Health Record

The thought of signing her pharmacy up to My Health Record was ‘a bit daunting’ for Berowra pharmacist Carrie Leung, but with assistance from the Sydney North Primary Healthcare Network (PHN) the process was completed smoothly and successfully.

Read more: Blog: Sydney North PHN facilitates a smooth transition to My Health Record

Media release: GPs and software vendors enter new dialogue for better health systems

In Australian general practice, clinical information systems (CISs) have become a vital tool in the delivery of safe and high-quality healthcare and good practice management.

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has announced a new project that will see the college working closely with GPs and software developers to ensure CISs are useable, secure, interoperable, and ultimately fit-for-purpose.

Read more: Media release: GPs and software vendors enter new dialogue for better health systems

Media Release: Embrace My Health Record for simpler, safer care wherever you are

Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt has called on Australians, especially senior Australians, to embrace the rollout of the My Health Record, for secure, safer, more convenient care.

Read more: Media Release: Embrace My Health Record for simpler, safer care wherever you are

My Health Record system Release 9.2

Release 9.2 of the My Health Record system is a technology release which will improve some functionality for both individuals and healthcare providers. There will be minor visible changes to the user experience, mainly to improve access on mobile devices.

Read more: My Health Record system Release 9.2

Blog: My Health Record – a critical tool in improving patient care

The power of My Health Record was driven home to Adelaide-based GP Dr Chris Moy in an incident where he had to review an unwell patient who had been discharged early from hospital from another state without any information about his condition or follow up.

Read more: Blog: My Health Record – a critical tool in improving patient care

Blog: Building a rich data repository of accurate information

My Health Record Expansion Programme Deputy Chair Dr Steve Hambleton discusses My Health Record.

Read more: Blog: Building a rich data repository of accurate information

Blog: My Health Record - Connecting Pharmacists to the Healthcare Team

Rachel Dienaar, a locum pharmacist who works mainly at the Nubeena Pharmacy on Tasmania’s Tasman Peninsula, recently shared her My Health Record story with Andrew Daniels as published in In The Know magazine on Friday 15 December 2017.

Read more: Blog: My Health Record - Connecting Pharmacists to the Healthcare Team

Blog: Nudging digital health with David Halpern

We talk to the British psychologist who specialises in getting big results from small well-judged inputs.

Read more: Blog: Nudging digital health with David Halpern

Blog: My Health Record – get on board

Townsville-based GP Dr Ron Malpas has been practising for 30 years.

He is Tiger Corrigan’s GP. Tiger, who is 72 years old and suffers from multiple chronic conditions was featured in the recent My Health Record Men’s Health Kit GP. Here Dr Malpas shares his experiences with My Health Record.

Read more: Blog: My Health Record – get on board

Statement on Daily Telegraph article regarding use of medical records

My Health Record is a secure electronic health record, which enables health care providers and consumers to share health information securely.

Read more: Statement on Daily Telegraph article regarding use of medical records

Consumers' voice drives digital health

Health consumers are central to the design and delivery of a digital transformed health sector and the ongoing development of My Health Record, a digital system that enables improved safety and quality of patient care.

A Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Australian Digital Health Agency and the Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) will ensure that digital health solutions are consumer-centred and advance the efficiency, quality, and delivery of healthcare in Australia.

Read more: Consumers' voice drives digital health

GPs: Install the latest version of clinical information system (CIS) to get the most of out of My Health Record

Dr John Aloizos AM shares his views on how digital health benefits him as a GP, plus how important it is to ensure clinical information systems (CIS) are updated to get the most out of My Health Record.

Read more: GPs: Install the latest version of clinical information system (CIS) to get the most of out of My Health Record

Full text: Letter to Editor, Sunday Telegraph from Chief Executive Tim Kelsey

Australian Digital Health Agency Chief Executive Tim Kelsey recently wrote to the editor of the Sunday Telegraph to correct a number of claims made in the article, All your medical secrets on the net, previously published in the Sunday Telegraph on 26 November 2017.

A version of the full text of the letter below was published in Letters on Sunday 3 December 2017.

Read more: Full text: Letter to Editor, Sunday Telegraph from Chief Executive Tim Kelsey

Pharmacists leading the way with My Health Record

Community, hospital, and academic pharmacists have formed a Pharmacists Digital Health Leaders Network to encourage meaningful and clinical use of My Health Record by pharmacists and pharmacies.

The forty network members will support local pharmacists in their area to engage with and use My Health Records through digital health workshops and education events.

Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) PSA National President Dr Shane Jackson said that the PSA, the Pharmacy Guild of Australia (the Guild), and the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) handpicked the network members as positive agents of change.

Read more: Pharmacists leading the way with My Health Record

Australia's largest pathology labs sign up to My Health Record

Pathology labs across the country will be sharing reports with their patients via My Health Record following Primary Health Care, Australian Clinical Labs, and seven other software vendors and labs signing agreements with the Australian Digital Health Agency.

Read more: Australia's largest pathology labs sign up to My Health Record

Chemist Warehouse and Corum connecting to My Health Record

Every Australian with a My Health Record will be able to walk into a community pharmacy and have their Pharmacist upload important medicines information into their secure My Health Record to improve their health care.

Chemist Warehouse, representing 30 per cent of the community pharmacy market, and Corum representing 1,000 pharmacies, today announced their upcoming connection to My Health Record system in 2018. Every community pharmacy software vendor has now signed up to the Community Pharmacy Software Industry Partnership to connect to the My Health Record system.

Read more: Chemist Warehouse and Corum connecting to My Health Record

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

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: 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

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 representing pharmacists, the Pharmaceu...

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

My Health Record coming to a pharmacy near you

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.


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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.

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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...

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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.

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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).

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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

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

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

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.

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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.

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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

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

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.

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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

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.

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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

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)

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).

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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

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

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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

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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

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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