This blog is totally independent and has only three major objectives.
The first is to inform readers of news and happenings in the e-Health domain, both here in Australia and world-wide.
The second is to provide commentary on e-Health in Australia and to foster improvement where I can.
The third is to encourage discussion of the matters raised in the blog so hopefully readers can get a balanced view of what is really happening and what successes are being achieved.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
NSW Announces A 10 Year Health IT Plan - Will Be Fun To See How It All Goes.
NSW Health announced a 10 year e-Health Strategy at CeBIT last week.
Here are a couple of reports with links to the actual plan.
The NSW state government has committed to completing the rollout of electronic medical records within the next four years as part of its latest e-health policy.
The e-health strategy for NSW Health 2016-2026 [pdf] was released by state Health Minister Jillian Skinner at the CeBIT conference in Sydney this morning.
The core of the strategy is "maturing" NSW Health's core digital systems to create a consistent IT environment over the next four years.
This includes completing the rollout of electronic medical records, which are currently implemented in 35 percent of facilities, across the state within the next four years.
While just 29 percent of health facilities are currently connected to the Health wide area network (HWAN), the policy committs to all local health districts being connected within the next three years.
The ongoing consolidation of NSW Health data centres is also scheduled for completion by late 2019.
"We continue to build a secure statewide broadband network – the NBN of health – which currently connects 150 health centres and hospitals across NSW, including those in rural and remote locations," Skinner said.
"This enables our clinical and health systems to be used in hospitals across the state and in ambulatory care."
The NSW Government will finish the rollout of e-health records within four years and complete connections of its health facilities to the Health wide area network within three years.
These are just some highlights of its eHealth strategy announced by The Hon. Jillian Skinner MP, Minister for Health, NSW Government at CeBIT Australia today. If you are interested the 40-page document is a good read and outlines a huge range of initiatives.
The Minister promised a “Digitally enabled and integrated health system with a focus on delivering patient-centred health experiences with quality health outcomes; giving attendees an insight into the journey the NSW Government has taken as it builds on its existing blueprint and outlines the direction for NSW investment over the next decade.”
"We continue to build a secure state-wide broadband network – the NBN of health – which currently connects 150 health centres and hospitals across NSW, including those in rural and remote locations. This enables our clinical and health systems to be used in hospitals across the state and in ambulatory care,” she said.
"It [the strategy] is a ten-year program of innovation, investment and implementation which identifies key short, medium and long term goals for eHealth NSW. It’s a policy that outlines the direction that we will take using the latest advances in technology policy and also including integrated care and ongoing enhancements to performance, quality and safety in our health system.”