The ACT Government has launched its new Digital Health Strategy 2019-2029.
The strategy aims to ensure the ACT public health system is future-focussed and prepared for the fast pace in which digital technologies are changing the way health care services are delivered.
At its core, its vision is about creating a public health system that is able to adapt, evolve and mature as digital technologies radically improve health services and clinical care.
Underpinning the strategy are three clear goals:
- Delivering patient-centred care
- Enabling smart, efficient health services through contemporary technology, and
- Ensuring that digital opportunities provide for more research and collaboration.
Work is already underway to realise vision of the strategy and to ensure patients are receiving the best possible health care. As part of last year’s Budget ACT Health Directorate is rolling out:
- Smartphones for our clinicians to improve the efficiencies for the communication needs – colleague to colleague and across clinical areas;
- A new Laboratory Information System that improves the placing of orders to labs, notifications and analysis for accurate decision-making; and
- A new audit system for tracking medical devices and implants.
The Digital Health Strategy aligns with ACT Health Quality Strategy 2018-2028 and the ACT Health Territory-Wide Health Strategy and has been well-informed by key stakeholders, including:
- Health Care Consumers Association,
- ACT Mental Health Consumer Network,
- Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
- Capital Health Network
- Australian Computer Society
- Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association
- Royal Australasian College of General Practitioners
- Orthopaedics ACT
- Health Informatics Society Australian
- Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation, and
- Various ACT Government Departments.
Across the health, technology and public sectors, we’re working together to assure patients, clinicians and health workers that healthcare in the ACT is delivered at the right time, in the right place, and backed by the latest advancements in digital health technology and research.
For more information and to access the full Digital Health Strategy visit health.act.gov.au/digital