High-quality data with a commonly understood meaning that can be used with confidence 2. Health information that can be exchanged securely 4. Better availability and access to prescriptions and medicines information 5. D igitally-enabled models of care that improve accessibility, quality, safety and efficiency 6. A workforce confidently using digital health technologies to deliver health and care 7. A thriving digital health industry delivering world class innovation Strategic Priorities
Since 2012, the national My Health Record system has provided a secure online summary of Australian patients’ health information. Key parts of the health system are now connected, such as general practices, pharmacies, private and public hospitals. Over 4.7 million people and more than 9300 healthcare providers are participating. In May 2017, the Australian Government announced that My Health Record would transition to an opt-out participation model. The decision means that by the end of 2018, every Australian will have a My Health Record unless they choose not to. This provides a transformative opportunity to support healthcare integration and deliver significant improvements in both the quality and efficiency of healthcare. Among other benefits, the My Health Record will: • Reduce avoidable hospitalisations, adverse drugs events and duplication of tests • Ensure that healthcare professionals have access to key patient information in the event of a medical emergency, or when a patient is away from home • Improve the coordination of care and planning for people with chronic and complex conditions The My Health Record is now set to be the core component of Australia’s national digital health service, connecting key parts of the health system such as general practices, pharmacies, private and public hospitals, specialists and allied health professionals. With these foundations established and operational, the opportunity now exists to enhance healthcare provider participation and clinical utility to deliver key benefits for the healthcare system. Every Australian will have a My Health Record, unless they choose not to have one, by the end of 2018. All healthcare providers will be able to contribute to and use health information in the My Health Record on behalf of their patients, providing potentially lifesaving access to reports on their medications, allergies, laboratory tests and chronic conditions, and supporting significant improvements in the safety, quality and efficiency of healthcare for the benefit of individuals, the healthcare system and the economy. All Australians will be able to access their information at any time online and through mobile apps. WHAT WILL BE DELIVERED BY 2022? 1. Health information that is available whenever and wherever it is needed By ensuring that health information is available whenever and wherever it is needed, the following will be delivered by 2022: Paige is a mother of five children from Northern Queensland who was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 15 and hearing loss after the birth of her first child.