Australians have been encouraged to influence the future of digitally-enabled healthcare by having their say on the next National Digital Health Strategy.
The Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) has this week launched a nationwide online survey on the strategy, which is expected to go live next year.
ADHA CEO Amanda Cattermole said there has been an ‘unprecedented acceleration’ in digital health innovation, noting that more than 70 million telehealth consultations and 15 million electronic prescriptions have been delivered during COVID-19.
“Twenty-three million Australians with a My Health Record now have immediate access to their vaccination status and COVID-19 test results, plus their prescriptions, information on allergies and pathology and diagnostic test results,” she said.
“This means Australians have seen the benefits of digital health and in this nationwide online survey, they can tell us what the 2022-27 National Digital Health Strategy should include.”
The first National Digital Health Strategy was established in 2017, and delivered initiatives such as the expansion of My Health Record, telehealth, electronic prescribing, and workforce education.
The new strategy, which is expected to launch by mid-2022, will build on the achievements of the 2017 model.
Cattermole said it was important that as many people as possible have their say on the strategy, and has urged Australians to ‘think about tomorrow’.
“The next National Digital Health Strategy will lay the foundations for next generation healthcare and there are no limits to what we can achieve,” she said.
“Digital technology’s ability to record and share accurate and potentially life-saving information is the key to making healthcare delivery in Australia safer and more efficient.”