A national discussion and collaboration

To enable the vision of a better-connected healthcare system, the Australian Digital Health Agency is facilitating a conversation with industry and jurisdictions to produce a shared vision and standards for long term interoperability in healthcare.

This will result in an agreed series of coordinated standards across jurisdictions and industry to improve workflow, accessibility and outcomes within the healthcare sector.

Collaboration with people and industry

Better Connections: Your health, Your say will investigate how we can all better connect the healthcare system, drawing on the expertise from private and public health institutions, academics and consumer representatives.  

We don’t have all the solutions required to connect medical information systems – but we will be driving the search to find them.

While the challenge is complex, these solutions must be practical and simple – making it easy for clinicians to share and access the patient data necessary for better decision making within their normal workflow, while at the same time giving consumers control over their personal information, who sees it and who can use it.

Initial consultations with health sector stakeholders framed the key issues as follows:


“How do we improve the connectedness of information in a federated health system that comprises thousands of service providers funded through multiple channels…

in a way that facilitates access to information, while not compromising the security of that information

and at the same time responds to expanding consumer expectations of controlling their own information, while understanding what informed consent actually means in a digital context…

without marginalising any members of society who have less access to or skill with technology?”


The upcoming consultations will investigate how we can better connect Australia’s healthcare system, drawing on the expertise from private and public health institutions, academics and consumer representatives.

Key questions they will be asked include:

  • What are Australia’s digital health aspirations? How can health learn from innovation in other industries?
  • Priority areas – what are the problems we are seeking to solve by making information more accessible?  What’s important to you?
  • What does it mean for consumers to be in control of their own information?
  • What features would be important in maintain trust in systems that share people’s information between providers
  • How do we ensure that no one is left behind, while at the same time allowing early adopters to exercise greater control?

“Through these national workshops, we will co-design a plan to build an environment where systems can connect securely, and healthcare providers can quickly receive information about their patients and in turn, provide greater-informed healthcare.”

Tim Kelsey, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Digital Health Agency


Deadly Choices Ambassador and former Rugby League great Steve Renouf discusses the importance of working together to improve patient outcomes in the pursuit of a connected digital health system