ADHA commences digital health overhaul

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Monday, 16 November, 2020

ADHA commences digital health overhaul

The Australian Digital Health Agency has launched a new tender aimed at replacing the gateway services for the My Health Record system and other digital healthcare services.

The tender marks the first step in the new National Infrastructure Modernisation work program, which is aimed at modernising the nation’s digital health infrastructure.

According to agency CEO Amanda Cattermole, the turbulent events of 2020 have demonstrated the tangible benefits of a better-connected healthcare system.

“In addition to the benefits from telehealth and electronic prescriptions, healthcare providers are, in increasing numbers, using My Health Record as a safe and secure way to upload and access documents to support patient care,” she said.

“The modernisation of the national digital health infrastructure will provide the framework for future innovation.”

The new program is based on feedback from the agency’s request for information inviting stakeholders to contribute to a conversation about the future of the national infrastructure in 2019.

The program will have three key objectives, including building a secure and sustainable digital infrastructure capable of supporting the delivery of digital health capabilities nationwide.

Meanwhile, the program will seek to ensure that digital health needs for all users are further progressed through a modern digital platform, and to ensure that the benefits of digital health technologies and services supported by the national infrastructure are realised for consumers and clinicians.

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