Enabling 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 such as our partnership with Chamonix Health who have designed the free healthi app which allows Australians to access their family’s records in My Health Record. Consumers download the app and use their myGov account to access My Health Record information. Chamonix Health is also working to connect public and private hospitals to My Health Record.

Currently we have launched two proof-of-concepts with industry which will determine the right scope of a national – federated – directory of what are called end points for each clinician in Australia. By the end of 2019 all clinical correspondence can be used safely, by using digital media. Our ‘test bed’ trials will mean that every newborn child has the opportunity of a digital babybook so that their parents can have easy access to all their health information. And both emergency medicine will get automated and advanced care planning will be digitised.

The new 800-bed Royal Adelaide Hospital is a magnificent example of what can be achieved when industry, innovation and the best of health technology comes together. The $200 billion plus investment that has gone into this has delivered the most complex, clinical care facilities to an estimated 85,000 inpatients and 400,000 outpatients each year.

Patient records are stored electronically and clinicians able to access test results from monitors within patient rooms. New telehealth facilities mean that staff can consult with colleagues and patients across the state and across the country without any travel involved. It has one of the biggest Automated Pharmacy Distribution Systems in the nation, with more than 80 automated dispensing cabinets in patient wings to support the accurate and timely distribution of medicines and a fleet of automated guided vehicles to help move supplies and equipment around the hospital safely and efficiently.

Other features include a digital instrument tracking system to manage the RAH’s vast collection of medical equipment and enable items to be located quickly and easily. There’s also interactive wayfinding touch screen kiosks located in main entrance areas, which will provide printed directions and on-screen maps, digital imaging technology allowing clinical images to be streamed live from operating theatres and procedural rooms for diagnostic and training purposes, and a wireless patient nurse call system, enabling nurses to respond to patients wherever they are, before attending to them in their room.