What is the future of digital health in Australia?
The Australian Digital Health Agency launched a nationwide ‘Your health. Your say’ conversation to find out.
The 'Your health. Your say.' consultation period closed on Tuesday 31 January 2017, 5PM AEDT. Thank you to the individuals and organisations who contributed to the future of digital health by responding to the survey, sending us a submission, or attending one of the national conversation events.
Our goal now is to produce a National Digital Health Strategy that reflects the needs and aspirations of Australians.
The Australian Digital Health Agency is currently reviewing all feedback. Stay tuned for further updates on the findings of the national conversation and the development of the National Digital Health Strategy, which will be available here on the conversation website.
National Digital Health Strategy Consultation – What have we learnt so far?
Over 1,050 online submissions have been received and more than 3,100 people have attended meetings, forums, workshops, webcasts and town halls across Australia:
- 15% experts in research, science, and technology
- 31% Clinicians and healthcare workers
- 53% Members of the general public
Over 3,100 people attended more than 100 meetings, forums, workshops, webcast and town halls, in the capital cities of every Australian state and territory, as well as in rural, regional and remote locations.
What are we hearing from the Australian community about how to take advantage of the opportunities that new digital technologies offer to improve health and care?
Here is what people have been telling us...
- Whilst it's recognised Australia has one of the best healthcare systems in the world, 65% of people said... the Australian healthcare system is difficult to navigate. People want to know the cost, quality and availability of services.
"We need technologies talking to each and we need clinicians who know how to use these technologies effectively."
"Accuracy and completeness of records is essential for it to be of use to clinicians."
"I would like to reduce the amount of duplication that patients experience."
- 45% of respondents had difficulty accessing healthcare when they needed it.
"I want to make decisions with my health team. I want to be informed, and know who to contact and understand the treatment options available."
"Being in control of my health means knowing where to go, who to see, what to ask, and what the costs will be."
"I need confidence that my information is securely held and that it is not going to be accessed by unknown people."
- In fact, four times as many people want to access their personal health information on their smartphone than those who actually do.
Industry, science, technology sector:
"I want to see IT developers working closely with people within the health system, to develop software relevant to the needs of the health services."
"I want to know where I go and who to talk to if I have a good idea which I want to develop or need seed funding for."
"We need accepted national & international standards across the system, not different standards at each institution."