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Inside Digital Health - COVID-19 special edition no.1, April 2020

Published 30 April 2020

Photo: Bettina McMahon

A message from the CEO

The Coronavirus has put health at the centre of the community’s attention and brought intense focus on the incredibly important role of digital technologies to respond to this global pandemic and save lives.

In response, the Agency has established a COVID-19 Taskforce to accelerate adoption and innovation across the health sector. You'll hear more about this work very soon, including our message to consumers ‘Don’t put your health on hold’ with tools to help them navigate digital health services in a COVID world.

In the meantime telemedicine, digital prescriptions and My Health Record have obvious and immediate application in the current circumstances. These technologies and others can work together to support the safe and efficient delivery of care to all Australians, especially when traditional approaches are no longer feasible.

This newsletter will help you to stay up to date with developments as they unfold in Australia and around the world.

Until next time, stay safe and keep dreaming.

Bettina McMahon



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