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.
An extract is published below:
It would be an understatement to say that digital technology has transformed the way we engage with the world around us in so many facets of our lives, such as communications, business and banking, travel and social interactions. Our healthcare services have generally been much slower in the development of digital tools to support us with understanding and interacting with our health and care needs. There are some good reasons for caution here – our health systems and care providers are focused on the important principle of ‘First, do no harm’, and innovation needs to be balanced with the assurance of safety as a fundamental feature of new design.