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Government Initiatives

Government initiatives

There are many programs and initiatives which aim to build capability in the ever-evolving digital health landscape. This has been outlined in the Australian National Digital Health Strategy External link.

The Capability Action Plan

“The Capability Action Plan External link presents the priority actions that are required to effectively build digital health capability across the health workforce to respond to the needs of consumers now and in the future.”
(Australian Digital Health Agency, 2021).

The Plan includes:

Frameworks & guidelines to support consistent digital health capabilities and practices nationally

Education & training to enable the health workforce to upskill and adopt digital

Regulation to require the inclusion of digital health in regulated health education

Collaboration to promote a shared digital culture and continuous learning

framework guidelines

The benefits of a digitally capable workforce delivers

improved ability to diagnose, treat and manage health conditions

reduction in clinical risk, including minimisation of adverse drug events

improved patient flow and sharing of information throughout the health system

improved facilitation of care outside of hospital settings, in the community or at home

improved transparency of healthcare

improved population health management

improved operation efficiencies

  To deliver the benefits of digital health, the   health workforce can apply the following:  

 confident use of technologies

 application of data science, enabling evidence-based decision making and informed planning

 systems supporting workflow management and team design and collaboration

 improved information sharing, accessibility and security

 ability to create strong business cases and provide evidence of benefits

The benefits of a digitally capable workforce delivers

improved ability to diagnose, treat and manage health conditions

reduction in clinical risk, including minimisation of adverse drug events

improved patients flow and sharing of information throughout the health system

enablement of care outside of hospital settings, in the community or at home

increased transparency of healthcare

improved population health management

improved operation efficiencies

  To deliver the benefits of digital health, the   health workforce can apply the following:  

 confident use of technologies

 application of data science, enabling evidence-based decision making and informed planning

 systems supporting workflow management and team design and collaboration

 improved information sharing, accessibility and security

 ability to create strong business cases and provide evidence of benefits

(Capability Action Plan: 2021, p4)

An initial program of work has been completed addressing foundational components which apply to the general health Workforce. These include The Nursing and Midwifery (PDF) and Australian Digital Health Capability Framework, Quality in Data and its importance in connecting and linking care Guideline, Digital Health Readiness Framework and Career Pathways Model underpin the ongoing development of digital health practice and capability.

Other government resources

Digital health eLearning resources External link: Australian Digital Health Agency (the ‘Agency’)

Digital Health External link: Australian Institute of Health & Welfare

Health Technologies & Digital Health External link: Department of Health & Ageing

Impact of Digital Health on the Safety & Quality of Healthcare External link: Australian Commission on Quality & Safety in Healthcare