Media release: GPs and software vendors enter new dialog 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.

RACGP President Dr Bastian Seidel said the project is aimed at opening a dialogue between the medical community and software vendors.

“GPs and clinical software developers both share a vision for high-functioning and usable clinical software systems which will help general practices deliver efficient and high-quality care.

“This project, supported by the Australian Digital Health Agency, is aimed at opening a dialogue between the medical community and software vendors to determine and develop the minimum clinical software functionality requirements that meet current and future healthcare needs,” Dr Seidel said.

Agency CEO Tim Kelsey said Australia’s GPs have access to digital tools that can improve the safety and quality of health care for their patients. The key is in ensuring that GPs can get the most out of their clinical systems, and the systems themselves can evolve with clinical practice.

“The need for medical and industry collaboration in defined software standards was identified in Australia’s National Digital Health Strategy – Safe, Seamless, and Secure.

“This collaboration between the RACGP, GPs, and software vendors will help create a platform for innovation to meet increased expectations from healthcare providers, consumers, and funders to take advantage of technology to ultimately improve patient care.

“We have a vibrant software industry that is rising to the challenge to work with us, and this project led by the RACGP with support from the Agency has the potential to foster the development of digital apps and tools that support Australians and their health providers to improve health and wellbeing,” Mr Kelsey said.

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About the Australian Digital Health Agency

The Agency is the system operator of My Health Record and is responsible for improving health outcomes for all Australians through the delivery of digital healthcare systems and the national digital health strategy for Australia. The Agency provides leadership, coordination, and delivery of a collaborative and innovative approach to utilising technology to support and enhance a clinically safe and connected national health system. These improvements will give individuals more control of their health and their health information, and support healthcare professionals to provide informed healthcare through access to current clinical and treatment information.
www.digitalhealth.gov.au

About the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

The RACGP is Australia’s largest professional general practice organisation and represents urban and rural general practitioners (GPs). The college represents more than 33,000 members working in or towards a career in general practice and boasts a membership base of more than 22,500 GPs in Australia.
www.racgp.org.au