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Media release - International review puts Australia ahead in personal control of electronic health records

30 October 2018: An international comparison review of digital health record systems shows My Health Record consumers in Australia have more ability to personally control their digital health information than in similar countries worldwide.

The Digital Health Evidence Review, released by the Australian Digital Health Agency, brings together studies comparing My Health Record with similar systems across the world, including those in France, the UK, the USA and New Zealand.

Read more: Media release - International review puts Australia ahead in personal control of electronic health records

Product Release: SNOMED CT‑AU and Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) October 2018

25 October 2018: The National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS) is pleased to announce that the September combined release of SNOMED CT® AU[1] and the Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) is now available to registered users from the NCTS website.

The Release Note is provided alongside the combined RF2 release files which are available as Full, Snapshot and Delta, in addition to the traditional combined release bundle (labelled "ALL"). To access the Release Note and download the RF2 files, select SNOMED CT-AU > Release Bundles from the ACCESS tab.

Read more: Product Release: SNOMED CT‑AU and Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) October 2018

Product Release: SNOMED CT‑AU and Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) September 2018

21 September 2018: The National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS) is pleased to announce that the September combined release of SNOMED CT® AU[1] and the Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) is now available to registered users from the NCTS website.

Read more: Product Release: SNOMED CT‑AU and Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) September 2018

Media release: Global Digital Health leaders meet in London to collaborate on the evolving digital health landscape

9 September 2018: Digital health leaders have recently come together in London at the third Global Digital Health Partnership (GDHP) summit, to collaborate and share their experiences, and to support the improved delivery of digital health services around the world. The leaders represented 23 count...

Read more: Media release: Global Digital Health leaders meet in London to collaborate on the evolving digital health landscape

National Asthma Week reminds people with asthma to update their management plans in My Health Record

31 August 2018: This weekend marks the first day of spring, which for 2.5 million people with asthma[1], is a timely reminder to get prepared for the season ahead, as more temperate weather increases the trigger for an attack.

1st – 7th September is also the start of National Asthma week which aims to promote awareness of asthma to the general population and highlight ways to help people manage asthma.

Read more: National Asthma Week reminds people with asthma to update their management plans in My Health Record

My Health Record can help prevent medication misadventures that see more than 230,000 people end up in hospital each year

31 August 2018: Each year, approximately 230,000 Australians[1] are admitted to hospital as a result of medication misadventure. This is almost four times the annual number of people who are hospitalised as a result of motor vehicle accidents. It’s also costing our health system $1.2 billion each year yet 23 per cent of adverse drug events in primary care are preventable.

Having a My Health Record is one of the most effective ways to reduce the risks of medical misadventure because it can alert healthcare practitioners to any serious patient medication risks before it is too late.

Read more: My Health Record can help prevent medication misadventures that see more than 230,000 people end up in hospital each year

My Health Record a potential life saver for Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

29 August 2018: Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds can benefit by My Health Record playing a vital role in helping manage their healthcare and protecting them from medical misadventures which can occur due to communication breakdowns.

My Health Record is an online summary of a person’s key health information. It allows people to share and control their health information with doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers from anywhere, at any time.

Read more: My Health Record a potential life saver for Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

Product Release: SNOMED CT‑AU and Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) August 2018

27 August 2018: The National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS) is pleased to announce that the August combined release of SNOMED CT® AU[1] and the Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) is now available to registered users from the NCTS website.

Read more: Product Release: SNOMED CT‑AU and Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) August 2018

My Health Record – a huge support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

20 August 2018: My Health Record has a very positive role to play in improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people according to leading health practitioners who work with Indigenous communities.

My Health Record is an online summary of a person’s key health information. It allows them to share and control their health information with doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers from anywhere, at any time.

Julie Tongs OAM, who is the CEO of Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Services in Canberra has seen a significant rise in her clients’ use of My Health Record and is calling on more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people around Australia to also consider the benefits of having one.

Read more: My Health Record – a huge support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

People in rural and regional Australia can opt in to My Health Record

19 August 2018: People living in rural and remote areas around Australia are being encouraged to create their own My Health Record and test it out during the extended opt out period which now ends on November 15.

Rural and regional Australians stand to benefit the most from having a My Health Record as they have higher exposure to health risks and injury, experience higher levels of disease and have less access to and use of health services compared to people in metropolitan areas.

Read more: People in rural and regional Australia can opt in to My Health Record

Access prohibited by insurers and for employment checks for My Health Record

8 August 2018: The Australian Digital Health Agency has provided the following media statement in relation to incorrect claims regarding employment checks and the My Health Record.

Read more: Access prohibited by insurers and for employment checks for My Health Record

Norfolk Island gets ready for My Health Record

30 July 2018: The Agency's Provider Readiness Education Support Team is getting the message out, even in the parts of Australia you might forget about.

Read more: Norfolk Island gets ready for My Health Record

Framework for Action

27 July 2018: How Australia will deliver the benefits of digitally enabled health and care.

Read more: Framework for Action

Australians to decide on a smarter and safer way to share their important healthcare information

26 July 2018: By the end of 2018, a My Health Record will be created for every Australian, unless they choose not to have one.

Read more: Australians to decide on a smarter and safer way to share their important healthcare information

Celebrating NAIDOC Week

Watch Rob and Sandra's story, and find out about the "Health is in your hands conference" in Perth.

Read more: Celebrating NAIDOC Week

Product Release: SNOMED CT‑AU and Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) July 2018

23 July 2018: The National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS) is pleased to announce that the July combined release of SNOMED CT® AU[1] and the Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) is now available to registered users from the NCTS website.

Read more: Product Release: SNOMED CT‑AU and Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) July 2018

Media release: My Health Record – Australians to decide on a smarter and safer way to share their important healthcare information

16 July 2018: From today all Australians will be able to decide if they want a My Health Record – an online summary of their key health information where they can safely store, access and share their important health information.

More than 5.9 million Australians already have a My Health Record and 12,860 healthcare professional organisations are connected, including general practices, hospitals, pharmacies, diagnostic imaging and pathology practices. The My Health Record is already making healthcare management for individuals and healthcare providers easier and safer, and could save lives in an emergency situation.

Australians can manage privacy and control access to their My Health Record including what information gets uploaded and who has access such as family members, carers and healthcare providers. This empowers them to share and control their health information with doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers from anywhere, at any time.

By the end of 2018, a My Health Record will be created for every Australian, unless they choose not to have one. If people choose not to have a My Health Record, they will be able to opt out of having one created for them during a three-month period, starting on Monday 16 July and ending on October 15 2018.

Read more: Media release: My Health Record – Australians to decide on a smarter and safer way to share their important healthcare information

Media Release - My Health Record increases pathology and diagnostic imaging connections with Victorian and Queensland services

11 July 2018: Pathology and diagnostic imaging services such as blood tests, x-rays, ultrasounds, and MRIs help healthcare providers make diagnoses and monitor their patients’ progress. An increasing number of healthcare providers and their patients are now benefiting from convenient, safe, and secure access to these reports via My Health Record where they may not have access to these reports before.

Today, the Australian Digital Health Agency announced new My Health Record system connections by Victorian Cytology Service (VCS) Pathology, and Queensland based Mater Pathology, Mater Medical Imaging, and Paradise Ultrasound.

Read more: Media Release - My Health Record increases pathology and diagnostic imaging connections with Victorian and Queensland services

Media Release - My Health Record kits being distributed to Australian healthcare providers to assist with conversations about the expansion of My Health Record

10 July 2018: New toolkits to better inform and educate all Australians about My Health Record are being distributed across Australia. The kits will equip health practitioners and other Agency partners with information and resources to help them advise all Australians about My Health Record.

Read more: Media Release - My Health Record kits being distributed to Australian healthcare providers to assist with conversations about the expansion of My Health Record

Media release - Day dawns on Australia’s Digital Health Strategy

3 July 2018: Australians will be able to access new digital services that help them take more control of their health and wellbeing following the official launch of Australia’s National Digital Health Strategy – Safe, Seamless, and Secure: evolving health and care to meet the needs of modern Australia.

The strategy will help deliver improved services including digital baby books for new parents, and coordinated real time care for patients with chronic illnesses. In addition, GPs and other health professionals will no longer need to use fax machines to communicate key clinical reports, as they will transition to safer digital health services.

Read more: Media release - Day dawns on Australia’s Digital Health Strategy

Media release - Improving patient healthcare through digital trials

3 July 2018: Patients from around Australia will benefit from 15 new projects that will utilise information from a consenting patient’s My Health Record to improve the delivery of their healthcare.

The $8.5 million Digital Health Test Beds program will trial new approaches in chronic health, pal...

Read more: Media release - Improving patient healthcare through digital trials

Media release - Pharmacy departments engaging with My Health Record

29 June 2018: Another pharmacy peak health body has committed to supporting My Health Record by increasing engagement and awareness with hospital pharmacy departments across Australia.

The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) and the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) have partnered to deliver a flexible online and face-to-face national education and training package on My Health Record to hospital pharmacists.

Read more: Media release - Pharmacy departments engaging with My Health Record

1,000 provider education sessions, and counting!

The Australian Digital Health Agency, State and Territory health services and PHNs band together to keep clinicians informed about the expansion of the My Health Record system.

Read more: 1,000 provider education sessions, and counting!

Product Release: SNOMED CT‑AU and Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) June 2018

The National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS) is pleased to announce that the June combined release of SNOMED CT® AU[1] and the Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) is now available to registered users from the NCTS website.

Read more: Product Release: SNOMED CT‑AU and Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) June 2018

Mums and dads help to shape National Children’s Digital Health Collaborative

Forging ahead with its mission to help make Australia the best place in the world to raise healthy children, and to be raised, the National Children’s Digital Health Collaborative this month held a very successful first workshop for consumer representatives from across the nation.

Read more: Mums and dads help to shape National Children’s Digital Health Collaborative

Media release - Industry collaborates to end the era of the fax machine

Out of date and unsecure fax machines are being used to share patient information between healthcare providers, despite other sectors discarding them over a decade ago. Not only do fax machines cause frustration for healthcare providers trying to communicate with each other, they can also cause patient harm.

In May 2018, a coroner’s report revealed that Hodgkin’s lymphoma patient Mettaloka Halwala died alone following chemotherapy complications. His medical test results were faxed to the wrong number, which meant his treating haematologist did not receive information that could have saved his life.

Read more: Media release - Industry collaborates to end the era of the fax machine

Linking AMT and NPC: Improving Medicines Management and Safety

To ensure the safe, reliable and consistent transfer of medicines information across all points of care, it is important that standardised clinical terminology and physical product identification related to pharmaceutical products is adopted. This will assist in the provision of a trusted source of prescribed, dispensed and administered medicines information for health professionals and consumers, further contributing to high-quality sustainable healthcare.

An accessible standardised terminology is available through the use of the Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT). The AMT enables national alignment of clinical concept for each medicinal product to the physical form of the product via a linkage to the Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs) that identifies the physical product. The GTIN provides the primary identifier within product data and the physical marking (barcoding) of products.

Read more: Linking AMT and NPC: Improving Medicines Management and Safety

Media release - Men encouraged to connect with their health

Creating a My Health Record is one way men can be proactive about their health and make it a priority this Men’s Health Week, running between June 11 – 17. My Health Record is a secure online summary of a person’s health information that can be accessed at any time by the individual and their healthcare providers.

Read more: Media release - Men encouraged to connect with their health

Call for SNOMED International Advisory Group Nominations - closes Friday 15 June 2018

SNOMED International has a number of voluntary Advisory Groups designed to provide expert advice on the development and implementation of its products and services. See http://www.snomed.org/participate/join-an-advisory-group/ for information on each of the groups.

Read more: Call for SNOMED International Advisory Group Nominations - closes Friday 15 June 2018

AMA elects GP Dr Tony Bartone president

New Australian Medical Association president to advocate on behalf of patients and healthcare providers.

Read more: AMA elects GP Dr Tony Bartone president

Digital Baby Book Budget boost for parents

Investments in digital technologies and children’s health will have long term benefits for Australians.

Read more: Digital Baby Book Budget boost for parents

Creating a connected health service, one step at a time

The National Health Interoperability Roadmap is on its way – which means your chance to get involved is coming soon.

Read more: Creating a connected health service, one step at a time

Media release - Nation empowered through improved digital health services

Digital information is the bedrock of high quality healthcare. Harnessing the power of the modern information revolution is one of the first priorities for governments to improve the safety and efficiency of healthcare through better use of data and technology.

Australian Digital Health Agency CEO...

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Product Release: SNOMED CT‑AU and Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) May 2018

The National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS) is pleased to announce that the May combined release of SNOMED CT® AU and the Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) is now available to registered users from the NCTS website and Recent Updates.

Read more: Product Release: SNOMED CT‑AU and Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) May 2018

Your health in your hands – the digital evolution of health and care in Australia


The Australian Digital Health Agency CEO, Tim Kelsey

On Thursday 24 May, at 12.30pm Agency CEO Tim Kelsey will address a National Press Club lunch in Canberra about these and other evolutionary developments in digital health in Australia.

The speech will be live streamed and available to watch...

Read more: Your health in your hands – the digital evolution of health and care in Australia

Media release - My Health Record improving outcomes for people in palliative care

Australians are being encouraged to include My Health Record in the discussion of ‘What Matters Most?’ during National Palliative Care Week for 20 -26 May.

What matters most for a lot of people is being able to take control of their own health and their digital health information. My Health Record is an online summary of your key health information, which is controlled by the individual, allowing health care providers involved in a person’s care to securely share health information. For people who require palliative care, this takes a lot of the pressure off.

Read more: Media release - My Health Record improving outcomes for people in palliative care

Media release - Empowering health workforce to drive improvements in patient care

Australian clinical digital health leaders are being invited to join a new national network to champion digital health throughout hospitals and healthcare organisations. The network will provide forums and channels for knowledge sharing that supports improved patient care.

Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) and the Australasian College of Health Informatics (ACHI) launched the Chief X Information Officer (CXIO) Network today in partnership with the Australian Digital Health Agency.

Read more: Media release - Empowering health workforce to drive improvements in patient care

Media release - Perth Radiological Clinic, NSW Health, and Mater Hospital announce diagnostic imaging connections to My Health Record

Diagnostic imaging is an important clinical tool because it allows earlier diagnosis, less invasive treatments, and the ability to monitor progress in patients. Thousands of Australians rely every day on x-rays, ultrasounds, MRIs and other imaging tests to help healthcare providers make a diagnosis.

Australian health consumers’ access to diagnostic imaging reports will be improved following Perth Radiological Clinic (PRC), NSW Health, and the Mater Group all announcing connections to My Health Record.

Read more: Media release - Perth Radiological Clinic, NSW Health, and Mater Hospital announce diagnostic imaging connections to My Health Record

Digital Health Test Beds Industry Briefing

The Australian Digital Health Agency has recently launched a request for expressions of interest calling for proposals for innovative digital health test beds. It is intended that projects will produce evidence of the positive impact of new digitally-enabled services and models of care, and demonstrate that they are sustainable, can be rigorously reviewed and then scaled nationally. The briefing will consist of an overview of the Agency, the National Digital Health Strategy, My Health Record, and the proposed digital health test beds including key objectives, approach, health priority areas, participation criteria, and the procurement process. Following this, there will the opportunity to ask questions. The tender has now closed.

Read more: Digital Health Test Beds Industry Briefing

Media release - My Health Record opt out date announced

More than five million Australians already have a My Health Record, which provides a summary of their key health information, delivering better health outcomes for patients and their treating doctors and specialists.

Every Australian will be offered a My Health Record unless they choose not to have one during the three month opt out period that will run from 16 July to 15 October 2018.

Read more: Media release - My Health Record opt out date announced

Media release - Digital test beds to drive change in healthcare

Health technology organisations, clinicians, patients and health service managers are driving innovation and developing creative solutions to improve how health services are delivered. These ideas often give life to the next solution, which can improve safety, drive health efficiency, and enable choice and control for patients. The tender is now closed.

Read more: Media release - Digital test beds to drive change in healthcare

Media release - From artificial intelligence to big data, digital health leaders learn from each other

At the inaugural International Digital Health Symposium held in Sydney digital health leaders, advocates, and healthcare providers, learnt about the many different global approaches to digital health.

Hosted by the Australian Digital Health Agency, The George Institute for Global Health, and UNSW Sydney, the symposium discussed digital health policy, how digital health can support clinical quality and safety, challenges in healthcare interoperability, data sharing for health systems improvement, and building the evidence base for digital health benefits.

Read more: Media release - From artificial intelligence to big data, digital health leaders learn from each other

Media release - Digital health leaders meet in United States to forge global plans

Digital health leaders from 16 countries, Hong Kong SAR and the World Health Organization (WHO) are participating in the Global Digital Health Partnership (GDHP), which has held its second Summit hosted in Washington DC on April 24-25. Participants discussed approaches to global collaboration in a range of topics related to the delivery of digital health services and associated policy priorities.

GDHP Washington 2018
Australian Digital Health Agency CEO Tim Kelsey and Chief Medical Adviser Meredith Makeham with participants at the second Global Digital Health Partnership (GDHP) Summit 2018 in Washington DC

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Product Release: SNOMED CT‑AU and Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) April 2018

The National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS) is pleased to announce that the April combined release of SNOMED CT® AU and the Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) is now available to registered users from the NCTS website and Recent Updates.

Read more: Product Release: SNOMED CT‑AU and Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) April 2018

Framework for Action – invitation for contributions

Have your say about the implementation of Australia’s National Digital Health Strategy – Safe, Seamless and Secure.

Read more: Framework for Action – invitation for contributions

Media Release: RACGP to provide My Health Record GP education

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian Digital Health Agency will work together to help raise awareness and support for GPs and their patients to effectively use My Health Record.

Read more: Media Release: RACGP to provide My Health Record GP education

International recognition for Australia’s my Health Memory app

Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network app wins at 2018 Health Innovation Awards.

Read more: International recognition for Australia’s my Health Memory app

Have your say on the Health Information Workforce Census

Your participation will assist in Australia’s digital health workforce planning.

Read more: Have your say on the Health Information Workforce Census

Supporting the delivery of mental health services

We met with headspace CEO, Jason Trethowan, to learn about their work with young Australians using digital tools and resources.

Read more: Supporting the delivery of mental health services

Media release: Australian Medicines Terminology reaches 100th milestone release

Every day, clinicians across Australia prescribe medicines for their patients, and pharmacists dispense them. The clinical systems that manage these processes may vary widely, and it is vital that the medicines information within these diverse systems is always interpreted correctly.

Australia is a recognised leader in the development and application of clinical terminologies such as the Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT), which codes and describes all commonly used medicines to support electronic medication management.

Read more: Media release: Australian Medicines Terminology reaches 100th milestone release

Media release - Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre initiative announced

$200 million opportunity that will foster collaborative research and development aimed at transforming digital health service delivery; improving health outcomes; reducing waste in the health system; building businesses and jobs.

The Australian Digital Health Agency welcomes the announcement by Se...

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Media release - New My Health Record guidelines launched for pharmacists

Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) launched new guidelines today for pharmacists to promote meaningful clinical use of the My Health Record system to enhance patient-centred care.

The new guidelines will help increase the number of pharmacists using My Health Record, a digital system that enables healthcare providers to share secure health data and improve the safety and quality of patient care.

Read more: Media release - New My Health Record guidelines launched for pharmacists

FHIR® webinars and NCTS Connectathon – coming soon!

Opportunity for developers to lift their FHIR® and clinical terminologies skills ahead of the April connectathon.

Read more: FHIR® webinars and NCTS Connectathon – coming soon!

Product Release: SNOMED CT‑AU and Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) March 2018

The National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS) is pleased to announce that the March combined release of SNOMED CT® AU and the Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) is now available to registered users from the NCTS website and Recent Updates.

Read more: Product Release: SNOMED CT‑AU and Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) March 2018

Media release: To InfinityPATH and beyond for My Health Record

Pathology reports are a vital tool to help identify the nature and causes of disease. They underpin every aspect of medicine from diagnostic testing and monitoring of chronic diseases to blood transfusion technologies.

Australian health outcomes will be improved following Queensland based specialist surgical pathology lab InfinityPATH’s announcement that it is now uploading pathology reports to My Health Record.

Read more: Media release: To InfinityPATH and beyond for My Health Record

Statement on Telstra Health’s Argus secure messaging software

The Australian Digital Health Agency would like to confirm that secure messaging software – including Argus – does not connect to the My Health Record. Instead, this type of software allows one healthcare provider to send a message directly to another through a secure electronic channel.

Read more: Statement on Telstra Health’s Argus secure messaging software

National Clinical Terminology Service Connectathon - Technical Webinars

The Australian Digital Health Agency in collaboration with the CSIRO, is hosting three webinars ahead of its fifth technical Connectathon on the National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS) including its use of HL7's Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®). These webinars are open to anyone interested in attending.

Read more: National Clinical Terminology Service Connectathon - Technical Webinars

Diagnostic Reports and My Health Record Webinar

The Australian Digital Health Agency will be holding a national 'Diagnostic Reports and My Health Record' webinar for healthcare providers on Tuesday 27th March 2018. This webinar will provide healthcare professionals with an update on progress towards sharing of diagnostic reports with the My Health Record.

Read more: Diagnostic Reports and My Health Record Webinar

National Clinical Terminology Service Connectathon - 17 April 2018

The Australian Digital Health Agency in collaboration with the CSIRO, is hosting its fifth technical Connectathon on the National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS) including its use of HL7's Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®). The Connectathon will be held 17 April 2018 in Brisbane - register online by COB 3 April.

Read more: National Clinical Terminology Service Connectathon - 17 April 2018

Media Release: First My Health Record connected town in Australia

The community of Berrigan in NSW is the first town in Australia where all key healthcare providers are connected and using My Health Record.


Sussan Ley MP, Agency CEO Tim Kelsey, Agency Chief Medical Adviser Meredith Makeham, MPHN Director Clinical Services Julie Redway, MPHN staff, and local community members

The Hon Sussan Ley MP, Member for Farrer, representing Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, and the Minister for Rural Health, Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie, said people in rural and remote areas of Australia need to be able to have their important health information when they receive care.

Read more: Media Release: First My Health Record connected town in Australia

Media Release - Workforce is key: first Agency work placement awarded

A PhD student specialising in speech recognition for digital health record based documentation has been awarded a paid work placement at the Australian Digital Health Agency.

Toby Hodgson has been offered this placement as part of the four-year Australasian Health Informatics Fellowship Program (AHIFP) run by the Australasian College of Health Informatics (ACHI).

Read more: Media Release - Workforce is key: first Agency work placement awarded

Organisations invited to contribute to the implementation plan for Australia’s National Digital Health Strategy

In 2017, Australia’s National Digital Health Strategy - Safe, Seamless and Secure was approved by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Health Council putting the consumer at the centre of their healthcare and providing choice, control and transparency. The Agency, in consultation with the states and territories, has drafted a Framework for Action to support the strategy’s implementation and we are now running a consultation phase to gain wider feedback on the draft framework.

Read more: Organisations invited to contribute to the implementation plan for Australia’s National Digital Health Strategy

Media Release: A new national digital collaborative to improve child health

Australia’s states and territories have joined forces in a unique and transformative partnership that harnesses technology to improve the health and wellbeing of Australian children.

In one of the first initiatives of Australia’s National Digital Health Strategy – Safe, Seamless, and Secure, the Australian Digital Health Agency is partnering with eHealth NSW and the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN) to establish the National Children’s Digital Health Collaborative.

Read more: Media Release: A new national digital collaborative to improve child health

PHNs build My Health Record expansion readiness

My Health Record Training and Strategic Engagement event lays the foundations for communications and provider readiness.

Read more: PHNs build My Health Record expansion readiness

Join our clinical terminologies webinars

Agency webinars introduce SNOMED CT-AU and the Australian Medicines Terminology to healthcare providers and digital health developers.

Read more: Join our clinical terminologies webinars

Blog: What are the prospects for artificial intelligence in healthcare?

Blog: The importance of interoperability: a conversation with Dr Nathan Pinskier

Dr Nathan Pinskier discusses how interoperability across the sector will benefit greatly from the adoption of secure electronic messaging.

Read more: Blog: The importance of interoperability: a conversation with Dr Nathan Pinskier

Blog: “Pharmacists have worked in the dark for way too long”

Associate Professor Mark Naunton says that pharmacists have worked in the dark for too long, and looks forward to them having secure access to patient health information.

Read more: Blog: “Pharmacists have worked in the dark for way too long”

Blog: On the road, in the air – talking about My Health Record in Western Australia

Agency CEO Tim Kelsey’s reflections on his recent stakeholder meetings in Western Australia.

Read more: Blog: On the road, in the air – talking about My Health Record in Western Australia

Blog: "My Health Record will definitely help ... There is no question."

Dr Michael Crampton was involved in the Nepean and Blue Mountains opt-out trial of My Health Record and has followed its evolution over the past few years.

Read more: Blog: "My Health Record will definitely help ... There is no question."

Blog: Making timely and safe clinical decisions

Hospital pharmacist Leonie Abbott explains why having My Health Record accessible 24/7 is a huge benefit to the system.

Read more: Blog: Making timely and safe clinical decisions

Blog: Demand for mobile access continues to grow

Consumers demand access to health records anywhere and anytime.

Read more: Blog: Demand for mobile access continues to grow

Blog: Apple’s new Health app heats up the digital health market

What does this mean for Australian developers, providers and consumers?

Read more: Blog: Apple’s new Health app heats up the digital health market

Product Release: SNOMED CT‑AU and Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) February 2018

The National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS) is pleased to announce that the February combined release of SNOMED CT® AU and the Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) is now available to registered users from the NCTS website.

Read more: Product Release: SNOMED CT‑AU and Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) February 2018

Media Release: International Digital Health Symposium brings leaders together

Digital health leaders from around the globe have met at the inaugural International Digital Health Symposium in Sydney to learn from different global approaches to digital innovation that are inclusive, evidence-based, and support sustainable, high quality health and care.

The leaders discussed the global advancement of digital health policy, how digital health can support clinical quality and safety, challenges in healthcare interoperability, data sharing for health systems improvement, and building the evidence base for digital health benefits. The management of global public health priorities, new approaches to disease prevention, and maximising the benefits of precision medicine were also discussed.

Read more: Media Release: International Digital Health Symposium brings leaders together

Blog - When every second counts: Q&A with Dr Andrew Hugman, Emergency Physician

Accurate and timely information is vital in medicine, and never more so than in emergency departments, where time is of the essence and patients may arrive in critical conditions.

The My Health Record in Emergency Departments Project sets out to research, pilot and establish routine use of the...

Read more: Blog - When every second counts: Q&A with Dr Andrew Hugman, Emergency Physician

Media Release: New Global Digital Health Partnership


The Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Australian Minister for Health, the Hon. Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda, Minister for Health and Family Welfare, the Australian Digital Health Agency CEO Tim Kelsey with participants at the Global Digital Health Partnership (GDHP) Summit 2018

International participants from thirteen countries, Hong Kong SAR, and the World Health Organization (WHO) have kicked off a new global network to support best use of digital technology in modern healthcare.

The Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Australian Minister for Health, and the Hon. Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda, Minister for Health and Family Welfare, welcomed the participants to the inaugural Global Digital Health Partnership (GDHP) Summit held in Canberra today.

Minister Hunt said the partnership will create a common platform for international experts to share knowledge and experiences, to network, and to forecast emerging trends to support the digital health landscape.

“Digital Health is the penicillin of our time, with precision medicine and genomics offering opportunities to cure previously incurable diseases and deliver better life saving medicine”.

The Global Digital Health Partnership is an opportunity for deep, transformational engagement by governments, digital health agencies, and the WHO so they can learn, share policy and other evidence that supports them to deliver better digital health services.

Read more: Media Release: New Global Digital Health Partnership

Media Release - India is committed to reforms in health service delivery using ICT under Digital India Program: J P Nadda

“Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has great potential towards improvement of delivery of healthcare services. India is committed to reforms in health service delivery using ICTunder Digital India Program of Government of India.” This was stated by Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare during his address at Global Digital Health Partnership Summit, at Canberra, Australia, today.The Union Health Minister spoke on the topic: Making Digital Health Services a Priority in Healthcare Reform.

Read more: Media Release - India is committed to reforms in health service delivery using ICT under Digital India Program: J P Nadda

Product Release: New and Updated Clinical Documents

The Australian Digital Health Agency (Agency) has released new and updated versions of a number of clinical document specifications.

Read more: Product Release: New and Updated Clinical Documents

Blog: Getting the care you deserve, no matter where you live

Australia's famously harsh outback is an unforgiving place. To survive and prosper in such an environment requires more than just grit and self-reliance - it requires innovation. The Royal Flying Doctor Service and the School of the Air are just two of the famous Australian innovations that have helped to overcome the vast distances and support rural and remote communities.

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Blog: Sydney North PHN facilitates a smooth transition to My Health Record

The thought of signing her pharmacy up to My Health Record was ‘a bit daunting’ for Berowra pharmacist Carrie Leung, but with assistance from the Sydney North Primary Healthcare Network (PHN) the process was completed smoothly and successfully.

Read more: Blog: Sydney North PHN facilitates a smooth transition to My Health Record

Media release: GPs and software vendors enter new dialogue for better health systems

In Australian general practice, clinical information systems (CISs) have become a vital tool in the delivery of safe and high-quality healthcare and good practice management.

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has announced a new project that will see the college working closely with GPs and software developers to ensure CISs are useable, secure, interoperable, and ultimately fit-for-purpose.

Read more: Media release: GPs and software vendors enter new dialogue for better health systems

Media Release: Embrace My Health Record for simpler, safer care wherever you are

Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt has called on Australians, especially senior Australians, to embrace the rollout of the My Health Record, for secure, safer, more convenient care.

Read more: Media Release: Embrace My Health Record for simpler, safer care wherever you are

My Health Record system Release 9.2

Release 9.2 of the My Health Record system is a technology release which will improve some functionality for both individuals and healthcare providers. There will be minor visible changes to the user experience, mainly to improve access on mobile devices.

Read more: My Health Record system Release 9.2

Blog: My Health Record – a critical tool in improving patient care

The power of My Health Record was driven home to Adelaide-based GP Dr Chris Moy in an incident where he had to review an unwell patient who had been discharged early from hospital from another state without any information about his condition or follow up.

Read more: Blog: My Health Record – a critical tool in improving patient care

Blog: Building a rich data repository of accurate information

My Health Record Expansion Programme Deputy Chair Dr Steve Hambleton discusses My Health Record.

Read more: Blog: Building a rich data repository of accurate information

Blog: My Health Record - Connecting Pharmacists to the Healthcare Team

Rachel Dienaar, a locum pharmacist who works mainly at the Nubeena Pharmacy on Tasmania’s Tasman Peninsula, recently shared her My Health Record story with Andrew Daniels as published in In The Know magazine on Friday 15 December 2017.

Read more: Blog: My Health Record - Connecting Pharmacists to the Healthcare Team

Blog: Nudging digital health with David Halpern

We talk to the British psychologist who specialises in getting big results from small well-judged inputs.

Read more: Blog: Nudging digital health with David Halpern

Blog: My Health Record – get on board

Townsville-based GP Dr Ron Malpas has been practising for 30 years.

He is Tiger Corrigan’s GP. Tiger, who is 72 years old and suffers from multiple chronic conditions was featured in the recent My Health Record Men’s Health Kit GP. Here Dr Malpas shares his experiences with My Health Record.

Read more: Blog: My Health Record – get on board

Statement on Daily Telegraph article regarding use of medical records

My Health Record is a secure electronic health record, which enables health care providers and consumers to share health information securely.

Read more: Statement on Daily Telegraph article regarding use of medical records

Consumers' voice drives digital health

Health consumers are central to the design and delivery of a digital transformed health sector and the ongoing development of My Health Record, a digital system that enables improved safety and quality of patient care.

A Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Australian Digital Health Agency and the Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) will ensure that digital health solutions are consumer-centred and advance the efficiency, quality, and delivery of healthcare in Australia.

Read more: Consumers' voice drives digital health

GPs: Install the latest version of clinical information system (CIS) to get the most of out of My Health Record

Dr John Aloizos AM shares his views on how digital health benefits him as a GP, plus how important it is to ensure clinical information systems (CIS) are updated to get the most out of My Health Record.

Read more: GPs: Install the latest version of clinical information system (CIS) to get the most of out of My Health Record

Full text: Letter to Editor, Sunday Telegraph from Chief Executive Tim Kelsey

Australian Digital Health Agency Chief Executive Tim Kelsey recently wrote to the editor of the Sunday Telegraph to correct a number of claims made in the article, All your medical secrets on the net, previously published in the Sunday Telegraph on 26 November 2017.

A version of the full text of the letter below was published in Letters on Sunday 3 December 2017.

Read more: Full text: Letter to Editor, Sunday Telegraph from Chief Executive Tim Kelsey

Pharmacists leading the way with My Health Record

Community, hospital, and academic pharmacists have formed a Pharmacists Digital Health Leaders Network to encourage meaningful and clinical use of My Health Record by pharmacists and pharmacies.

The forty network members will support local pharmacists in their area to engage with and use My Health Records through digital health workshops and education events.

Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) PSA National President Dr Shane Jackson said that the PSA, the Pharmacy Guild of Australia (the Guild), and the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) handpicked the network members as positive agents of change.

Read more: Pharmacists leading the way with My Health Record

Australia's largest pathology labs sign up to My Health Record

Pathology labs across the country will be sharing reports with their patients via My Health Record following Primary Health Care, Australian Clinical Labs, and seven other software vendors and labs signing agreements with the Australian Digital Health Agency.

Read more: Australia's largest pathology labs sign up to My Health Record

Chemist Warehouse and Corum connecting to My Health Record

Every Australian with a My Health Record will be able to walk into a community pharmacy and have their Pharmacist upload important medicines information into their secure My Health Record to improve their health care.

Chemist Warehouse, representing 30 per cent of the community pharmacy market, and Corum representing 1,000 pharmacies, today announced their upcoming connection to My Health Record system in 2018. Every community pharmacy software vendor has now signed up to the Community Pharmacy Software Industry Partnership to connect to the My Health Record system.

Read more: Chemist Warehouse and Corum connecting to My Health Record

Major boost to diagnostic imaging access with 16 software companies signing onto My Health Record

More than 95 per cent of Australian diagnostic imaging practices will soon be able to connect to the My Health Record system with 16 new software companies finalising service agreements with the Australian Digital Health Agency.

Over the coming months software companies will build My Health Record connectivity into their systems. By the end of 2018, less than twelve months after offering arrangements, diagnostic imaging centres will be able to access software that connects with My Health Record and to upload reports for their patients.

Read more: Major boost to diagnostic imaging access with 16 software companies signing onto My Health Record

Men take control of their health with My Health Record

Australian men need to take greater control of their health, announced the Australian Men’s Shed Association who is encouraging men to register for a My Health Record during Movember.

Gary Green, Community Engagement Manager at the Australian Men's Shed Association, said they are partnering with the Australian Digital Health Agency to distribute My Health Record toolkits to members around Australia.

Read more: Men take control of their health with My Health Record

Annual Report 2016-17: New momentum for digital health in Australia

The first Annual Report of the Australian Digital Health Agency has been tabled in Parliament – it highlights a new partnership between governments, clinical and consumer leaders, industry and the research community to put real momentum behind bringing the benefits of digital health services to all Australians.

Significant progress has been made in the last year, the report says: Australia has a new National Digital Health Strategy endorsed by all health ministers; My Health Record is on track for national expansion in 2018; and new initiatives to enable secure paperless communications between clinicians have been launched.

Read more: Annual Report 2016-17: New momentum for digital health in Australia

Interoperability: a personal view

Bettina McMahon, Chief Operating Officer and Executive General Manager for Government and Industry Collaboration and Adoption, shares her thoughts on a recent visit to Northcott, a not-for-profit organisation in the disabilities sector.

Read more: Interoperability: a personal view

My Health Record: what you can do!

Andrew Daniels shares his thoughts on how My Health Record can help pharmacies build digital health capabilities, as published in Post Script Australia on Monday 6 November 2017.

Read more: My Health Record: what you can do!

Transforming Australian healthcare through digital innovation

The Australian Digital Health Agency is an enabler: we create platforms for developers, entrepreneurs and researchers so that their creativity and businesses can flourish – watch our new video on innovation.

Read more: Transforming Australian healthcare through digital innovation

New partnership supports My Health Record rollout in community pharmacies

The Australian Government is committed to a digital transformation of the health sector that will empower healthcare providers and improve health outcomes for consumers.

Today, Minister for Health Greg Hunt announced a partnership with the peak national body representing pharmacists, the Pharmaceu...

Read more: New partnership supports My Health Record rollout in community pharmacies

My Health Record coming to a pharmacy near you

Pharmacists can now upload dispense records and view hospital discharge summaries, shared health summaries, and allergy information to My Health Record using enhanced Minfos, POS Works, and RxOne software.

Read more: My Health Record coming to a pharmacy near you

Connectathon No. 4 - National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS)

The Australian Digital Health Agency in collaboration with CSIRO, is hosting its fourth technical Connectathon on the National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS) including its use of HL7's Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®). This Connectathon is being held on 5 and 6 December, in Melbourne.

Read more: Connectathon No. 4 - National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS)

Simple steps to protect small healthcare businesses

The Information Security Guide for Small Healthcare Businesses (the Guide) is a simple tool produced by the Australian Digital Health Agency for every business to take simple steps to better protect their information.

Read more: Simple steps to protect small healthcare businesses

My Health Record empowers carers and their loved ones

To celebrate the launch of National Carers Week 2017, the Australian Digital Heath Agency (the Agency) is partnering with Carers Australia to raise awareness of the practical tools that My Health Record offers to support carers and the broader community.

Read more: My Health Record empowers carers and their loved ones

SNOMED CT AU and Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) September 2017 Release

The National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS) is pleased to announce that the September combined release of SNOMED CT®‑AU[1] and the Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) is now available to registered users from the NCTS website.

Read more: SNOMED CT AU and Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) September 2017 Release

SNOMED CT AU and Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) August 2017 Release

The National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS) is pleased to announce that the August combined release of SNOMED CT® AU[1] and the Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) is now available to registered users from the NCTS website.

Read more: SNOMED CT AU and Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) August 2017 Release

Register now! Webinars for SNOMED CT-AU terminology, Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) and National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS)

We are excited to announce upcoming webinars being held for SNOMED CT-AU terminology, Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) and National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS)! The webinars will be held in September, October and November 2017, find out more information and register now in the links below!

Read more: Register now! Webinars for SNOMED CT-AU terminology, Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) and National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS)

Tim Kelsey - HIC17 Presentation 'Digital Health: A Human Imperative'

Tim Kelsey, CEO of the Australian Digital Health Agency, presented at the Health Informatics Conference (HIC) on 9 August 2017 about our work program, My Health Record and COAG's (Council of Australia's Governments) approval of Australia’s National Digital Health strategy.


Read more: Tim Kelsey - HIC17 Presentation 'Digital Health: A Human Imperative'

Boost to consumer health outcomes through better pharmacist access to My Health Record

Better patient care, efficiencies for pharmacists, and more accurate records are just some of the benefits that consumers can expect from the latest industry take-up of the digital My Health Record program.


Six additional community pharmacy software vendors have agreed to connect up to the My Heal...

Read more: Boost to consumer health outcomes through better pharmacist access to My Health Record

Health Ministers approve Australia’s National Digital Health strategy

Digital information is the bedrock of high quality healthcare. The benefits for patients are significant and compelling: hospital admissions avoided, fewer adverse drug events, reduced duplication of tests, better coordination of care for people with chronic and complex conditions, and better inform...

Read more: Health Ministers approve Australia’s National Digital Health strategy

The Clinical Terminology v20170731 July 2017 Release is now available for download

The Clinical Terminology v20170731 July 2017 Release is now available for download.

Read more: The Clinical Terminology v20170731 July 2017 Release is now available for download

Digital records pilot to deliver lifesaving benefits for hospital patients

Patients requiring urgent medical care will benefit from a hospital emergency department pilot that gives clinicians fast, secure access to health information such as allergies and medicines that may not otherwise be available in hospital information systems.

The pilot will help drive the uptake of My Health Record, a digital system that enables healthcare providers to share secure health data and improves the safety and quality of patient care. To date, over 5 million people have a My Health Record and over 10,143 healthcare providers are connected.

Read more: Digital records pilot to deliver lifesaving benefits for hospital patients

Software Developers Community Announcement: Common - Clinical Document and Shared Health Summary

The Australian Digital Health Agency and Pharmacy Guild join forces to help community pharmacies become leaders in digital health

The Australian Digital Health Agency (the Agency) and Pharmacy Guild of Australia (the Guild) have committed to work together to help build the digital health capabilities of community pharmacies and advance the efficiency, quality and delivery of healthcare to improve health outcomes for all Australians.

Read more: The Australian Digital Health Agency and Pharmacy Guild join forces to help community pharmacies become leaders in digital health

New blog post! Meredith Makeham on big data in healthcare: the US experience and potential for Australia

Australian Digital Health Agency Chief Medical Adviser, Meredith Makeham, writes on international collaboration in digital health services.

Read more: New blog post! Meredith Makeham on big data in healthcare: the US experience and potential for Australia

Detailed Clinical Model Library v4.5 July 2017 Release

The Clinical Informatics unit is pleased to announce the latest release of the Australian Digital Health Agency’s Detailed Clinical Model Library (v4.5).

Read more: Detailed Clinical Model Library v4.5 July 2017 Release

Release Announcement: Clinical Package Validator v2.5 July 2017 Release

The Agency has released version 2.5 of the Clinical Package Validator tool.

The new release helps developers reduce efforts for manual conformance testing and increase their confidence about their targeted test coverage when declaring conformance.

Read more: Release Announcement: Clinical Package Validator v2.5 July 2017 Release

Fax machines on the way out for Australian healthcare

Fax-free healthcare is one step closer today, as the Australian Digital Health Agency (the Agency) and clinical information systems vendors work together to progress secure electronic messaging between healthcare providers.

Read more: Fax machines on the way out for Australian healthcare

Fact Check: Security of My Health Record

What is My Health Record?

My Health Record is a secure online summary of your health information. An individual can control what goes into it, and who is allowed access. Individuals can choose to share their health information with their doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers.

Read more: Fact Check: Security of My Health Record

National Collaborative Network for Child Health Informatics (NCNCHI): Expert Reference Group Workshops

A number of workshops are taking place for the National Collaborative Network for Child Health Informatics (NCNCHI) in Sydney for Expert Reference Groups in July 2017.

Read more: National Collaborative Network for Child Health Informatics (NCNCHI): Expert Reference Group Workshops

The Clinical Terminology v20170630 June 2017 Release is now available for download

The Clinical Terminology v20170630 June 2017 Release is now available for download.

Read more: The Clinical Terminology v20170630 June 2017 Release is now available for download

Overview of National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS)

The National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS) delivers state of the art terminology services that promote adoption of national clinical terminologies in electronic health and medical records in Australia.

Read more: Overview of National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS)

Extension of EOI deadline to Friday 7 July, 5pm for diagnostic imaging and pathology services offers

Responses to the Diagnostic Imaging and Pathology Services Offers have closed as of Friday 7 July, 5:00PM AEST.

The Australian Digital Health Agency (the Agency) has amended the diagnostic imaging and pathology services offers in response to recent feedback from industry representatives to ensure we can help as many organisations as possible to take advantage of the offer.

Read more: Extension of EOI deadline to Friday 7 July, 5pm for diagnostic imaging and pathology services offers

Developer Partner Program Launch

The Australian Digital Health Agency presents the launch of our new Developer Partner Program on Tuesday 4 July 2017, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM AEST.

The Agency will be introducing the new look developer website, and discussing broader developer program activities.

Read more: Developer Partner Program Launch

Developer Partner Program Launch: Save the Date

The Australian Digital Health Agency is pleased to invite you to the launch of our new developer partner program. The Agency will be introducing the new look developer website and discussing broader developer program activities.

Book this into your diaries – we will be sending out detailed invitations with location and registration details later next week!

Read more: Developer Partner Program Launch: Save the Date

Private radiology to be available in My Health Record for the first time

For the first time, private radiology reports will be available in My Health Record, the Australian Digital Health Agency has announced today. Clinicians and their patients have asked for shared access to x-ray results and other radiology reports because it will improve the safety and effectiveness of their care.

As part of a comprehensive programme to improve the clinical utility of My Health Record, it has been confirmed that Queensland X Ray (QXR) – a member of the Sonic Healthcare Group - will start to upload reports.

Read more: Private radiology to be available in My Health Record for the first time

Workshops for National Collaborative Network for Child Health Informatics (NCNCHI)

eHealth NSW is seeking representatives to attend half-day workshops in June 2017 as part of the Partnership Groups into the National Collaborative Network for Child Health Informatics (NCNCHI).

Read more: Workshops for National Collaborative Network for Child Health Informatics (NCNCHI)

Meredith Makeham: Digital health transforming healthcare with benefits for Australians through My Health Record

Chief Medical Adviser Meredith Makeham recently shared her thoughts with Healthcare IT News Australia on how digital health is transforming healthcare with benefits for Australians through My Health Record.

Read more: Meredith Makeham: Digital health transforming healthcare with benefits for Australians through My Health Record

Vision for a connected Australian Health System

Australians and their clinicians want a seamless health system which delivers high quality, safe care through better sharing of information.

The Australian Digital Health Agency today has released a Request for Tender (RFT) to develop a Strategic Interoperability Framework for Australia.

Ms Bettina McMahon Executive General Manager, Government, Industry & Delivery will lead this important work, saying "Sharing patient information across the Australian healthcare system is a complex issue requiring the alignment of policy, workflow, patient information, even business models."

Read more: Vision for a connected Australian Health System

The Clinical Terminology v20170531 May 2017 Release is now available for download

The Clinical Terminology v20170531 May 2017 Release is now available for download.

Read more: The Clinical Terminology v20170531 May 2017 Release is now available for download