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.

"It was really positive to bring key stakeholders together to share thoughts and discuss the value industry can bring to digital health," said David Freemantle, General Manager Government and Enterprise at Fred IT Group.

Dr Nathan Pinskier, Co-Sponsor of the Agency's Secure Messaging project and Chair of RACGP's e-health committee agreed.

"The consultations on the next Australian Digital Health Strategy have really engaged the community.  To be a part of this has been extremely positive. We have a real opportunity to work together to improve health care and support the delivery of new models of care for the health sector."

The Agency's Chief Executive Tim Kelsey said he was delighted by the genuine interest shown in working with the Agency. 

"The forums were an opportunity for the Agency to get together with clinicians and industry to look at the opportunities and challenges in digital health and to build a strong relationship of collaboration," said Mr Kelsey.

"The Agency is genuinely committed to co-design, and working together to build an innovative and interoperable digital health system."

Take a look at the emerging themes from the consultation.

Background

The national consultation conducted since October 2016, has engaged with over 3,000 consumers, clinicians, health care providers, allied health, researchers, jurisdictions and industry towards informing a co-produced National Digital Health Strategy.

The findings from the national consultation are being used to develop a national digital health strategy for Australia. Further information on the consultation is at https://conversation.digitalhealth.gov.au

ENDS

Media contact: Alison Sweeney
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