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.

HISA CEO Dr Louise Schaper said that clinicians have a unique role in transforming the health system as both advancers and protectors in the digital health age.

“The CXIO Network will be a specialised forum for clinical leaders to share information, from innovations to emerging health issues. It will bring together people who have never met but who share the same issues and challenges.

“Australia has some of the most knowledgeable clinicians globally on digital health, but we are a geographically vast nation with states working in isolation and it’s time to connect and share what we know. We are ready to make great strides in clinical workforce development relating to digital health and the network will go a long way to meeting this need,” Dr Schaper said.

Planned activities for the network include webinars, events held across Australia’s public and private hospitals, online discussions, and quarterly online forums. The network will also call on its members to put forward digital health clinical issues and challenges, and provide forums to share information.

ACHI President Dr Chris Pearce said that clinical leaders play a critical role in accelerating digital health system innovation and adoption across Australia.

“The CXIO Network is as an important development to increase the much-needed skills in informatics to better serve the community. It sits alongside the college’s fellowship program as an important pillar of developing the digital health workforce,” Dr Pearce said.

Agency Chief Clinical Information Officer and Executive General Manager Dr Monica Trujillo said this initiative is in line with the Australia’s National Digital Health Strategy – Safe, Seamless, and Secure priority to support a workforce to use digital health technologies.

“The CXIO Network is an exciting collaboration between peak professional organisations and the Agency working together to actively promote digital health on a national scale.

“We know from our consultation processes that clinicians share similar challenges in the adoption of digital health within their organisations and practices. These digital health champions will be well placed to spread the many benefits achievable through the use of digital technologies,” Dr Trujillo said.

Membership is open to clinical leaders who share a passion for furthering the adoption of digital technologies to deliver better healthcare.

An expression of interest is available for CXIOs working in roles such as chief clinical, medical, nurse, and pharmacy informatics officers. This opportunity is also open to clinical informaticians, emerging clinical leaders, and digital champions who are in a recognised health profession.

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Media contact David Cooper, Senior Media Manager
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About the Chief X Information Officer Network
The CXIO aims to provide a common platform for digital health leaders to share information – from innovations to emerging clinical issues and solutions – in order to build a confident and savvy digital health workforce. This Clinical Leadership Network is a specialised forum for clinical leaders in digital health to share information, collaborate, and be part of Australia’s digital health movement. It comprises clinical leaders, informaticians, managers, decision-makers and influencers who are committed to the transformation of the health system through digital health. Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) and the Australasian College of Health Informatics (ACHI) support the network, in partnership with the Australian Digital Health Agency. Further information: Chief X Information Officer (CXIO) Network.

About the Australian Digital Health Agency
The Agency is tasked with improving health outcomes for all Australians through the delivery of digital healthcare systems, and implementing Australia’s National Digital Health Strategy – Safe, Seamless, and Secure: evolving health and care to meet the needs of modern Australia in collaboration with partners across the community. The Agency is the System Operator of My Health Record, and provides leadership, coordination, and delivery of a collaborative and innovative approach to utilising technology to support and enhance a clinically safe and connected national health system. These improvements will give individuals more control of their health and their health information, and support healthcare providers to deliver informed healthcare through access to current clinical and treatment information. Further information: www.digitalhealth.gov.au.

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