Care providers to establish secure messaging service


Monday, 13 February, 2017

Care providers to establish secure messaging service

Tender seeking partners in industry will need to establish an interoperable and secure electronic messaging service, following a request from the Australian Digital Health Agency.

The objective behind this is to improve ‘point to point’ messaging across care providers and the clinical information systems being used in Australia.

“Currently, we are using pen and paper and fax machines to communicate with each other,” said the chair of RACGP’s e-health committee and co-sponsor of the project, Nathan Pinskier.

“If we are to have a world-class health system, we need our health professionals to be able to securely and safely communicate information electronically to improve the care they provide their patients.”

The Australian Digital Health Agency was established on 1 July 2016 by the Australian government to deliver a world-leading national digital health capability, which will advance the efficiency, quality and delivery of healthcare provision to improve the health outcomes of all Australians.

“Technology is changing the life of Australians, with mobile banking, social media and online shopping,” said the chief executive of the Australian Digital Health Agency, Tim Kelsey.

“In healthcare, digital technologies have the ability to transform care, placing patients truly at the centre of their health, with better information and more choice and control.”

Image credit: ©stock.adobe.com/au/Kaspars Grinvalds

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