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Ransomware - mitigation advice

Ransomware is an increasingly prevalent threat, with a rising number of variants designed to target our computer networks. Consequently, prior to the ‘WannaCry’ ransomware attacks that recently affected many healthcare organisations globally, the Australian Digital Health Agency (the Agency) had t...

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Budget 2017 - My Health Record

The Australian Government announced that as part of their support for Medicare and medicines, that there will be a continuation and expansion of My Health Record – which will allow individuals to access and control their own medical history and treatments such as medical tests and vaccinations.

Fo...

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New blog post! Innovation is a team sport

In the latest Digital Health Space blog post, David O'Driscoll discusses how consumers are fast shifting towards "digital first" to manage both their professional and personal lives and how organisations can meet the challenge.

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The Clinical Terminology v20170430 April 2017 Release is now available for download

The Clinical Terminology v20170430 April 2017 Release is now available for download.

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Great health and wellbeing outcomes for Australian children made possible through patient-centred and clinician-friendly digital technologies

NSW will lead a new national collaboration to define initiatives of benefit to children's health using digital technologies and platforms.

Accessing and sharing information about their children's health is important for all parents.

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New blog post: Health in an age of information

A new blog has been published from Andrew Westcombe, technical editor at the Australian Digital Health Agency, on how the quality of healthcare is increasingly dependent upon the quality of the information available to practitioners and patients.

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New blog post! My Health Record in General Practice

Read the latest blog entry by Dr Steve Hambleton as he shares his experiences as a GP using My Health Record.

Amongst my other roles, I've been a GP at the Kedron Park 7-Day Medical Centre in Brisbane for the past 29 years. Many of my patients have been in my care for a long time and I know them v...

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NSW patients first to view their pathology results in My Health Record

The Australian Digital Health Agency (the Agency) is pleased to announce that patients in NSW will now be able to view their pathology results through the My Health Record consumer portal and mobile applications.

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Bringing Digital Health to Central Australia - introducing Dr Sam Goodwin

Australia's digital health system is currently developing and evolving to best serve the community's needs, and arguably, people living in the most remote areas of the continent stand to benefit the most. Recently, Tim Kelsey, CEO, Prof Meredith Makeham, Chief Medical Advisor and I travelled to the Northern Territory to meet with a number of stakeholders, among them, Dr Sam Goodwin, the Executive Director of Medical and Clinical Services with the Central Australian Health Service. Having lived and worked in the area for 11 years, Dr Goodwin gives first-hand insights into the challenges faced by remote communities and how digital services can make a significant, positive difference.

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Putting in place the digital foundations for better health and care

South west of Alice Springs the bush has come to life: creams and shades of blue that aren’t predicted for this time of year flourish because of the unusual rains. We stop at a vantage point that marks the life of the great Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira who described in his watercolours the pale distended limbs of Valley Ghost gum trees and the rest of this unique outback world. Albert was a resident of Hermannsburg (or Ntaria in Aboriginal designation) and this is where we are heading: a community of 900 mainly indigenous people about an hour and a half from Alice.

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The Clinical Terminology March v20170331 release is now available for download

The National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS) is pleased to announce the release of SNOMED CT®-AU and the Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) combined March release; and Royal College of Pathologists Australasia (RCPA) Pathology Terminology and Information Models v1.1 release.

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National Product Catalogue Data Quality in Health Program

GS1 Australia and the Australian Digital Health Agency (the Agency), in partnership with the Healthcare Industry, are continuing to implement the National Product Catalogue Data Quality Improvement Program to address healthcare industry concerns relating to data quality within the National Product Catalogue (NPC).

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Digital Health in an Era of Precision Medicine — The Genome Generation

As the Chief Medical Adviser for the Australian Digital Health Agency (the Agency), I'm privileged to have the opportunity to meet with many inspiring people – clinicians, health consumers, researchers and innovators who help us think about the way our organisation can best serve Australians to get a good deal out of our investment in digital health services and technologies. We are delivering key services at the Agency that will enable our health system to remain world-leading in its innovation and ability to support a high standard of health and well-being for our citizens. Our continued efforts to improve and expand our understanding of how our services underpin and interrelate to the broader health and care ecosystem depends upon us continually looking outwards, reflecting and learning about future directions for health and care clinical priorities, as well as focussing on striving for internal excellence in our organisation.

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Webinar: Zen and the art of managing multimorbidity

The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) are holding the final webinar of its 'eHealth Enabled Management of Chronic and Complex Conditions' series on Tuesday 21 March 2017.

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New National Diagnostic Imaging Program Established

The Australian Digital Health Agency is pleased to announce the establishment of a new national Diagnostic Imaging Program that aims to have diagnostic imaging reports available in the My Health Record system and accessible by consumers and healthcare providers.

The first Steering Group meeting took place in Brisbane on Thursday 2 March 2017 with 17 members in attendance representing a range of healthcare peak bodies and consumer groups.

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National Close the Gap Day - 16 March 2017

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have some of the poorest health outcomes of any group of people in the world. On average, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples die 10–17 years younger than other Australians.

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Clinical Professor Meredith Makeham talks to CAAMA Radio

The Agency's Chief Medical Adviser Clinical Professor Meredith Makeham recently spoke to Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) radio about the benefits of digital health in remote communities.

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Extended Submission Date - Community Pharmacy Software Industry Partnership Offer

The submissions due date has been extended until Monday 20 March 2017 - 6pm AEDST.****

We recognise the place of quality medicines information for people’s day-to-day health and wellbeing and in the transfer of care between settings. This is why we want to ensure community pharmacists can access people's health records, and also share the vital information they hold with patients and their other clinicians.

The Agency is partnering with community pharmacy dispensing software providers, to enhance their products to allow viewing and uploading to the My Health Record system. We also want this sector to use Australian Medicines Terminology to enhance the quality and interoperability of medicines information.

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Telehealth to expand services in Central Australia

The Agency's Chief Executive Tim Kelsey said he was delighted the Agency is working with the Northern Territory Government to improve telehealth service delivery in remote Australia.

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Corporate Plan 2016 - 2017

The Australian Digital Health Agency is committed to achieving 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.

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