Sunday, May 01, 2016

The Government Looks For Some Senior Execs For The Aust. Digital Health Authority. Some Hopeful Signs!

These advertisements appeared a few days ago.

Australian Digital Health Agency

The Commonwealth of Australia (Commonwealth) acting through the Department of Health (the Department) is responsible for better health and wellbeing for all Australians. The Department aims to achieve its vision through strengthening evidence-based policy advice, improving program management, research, regulation and partnerships with other government agencies, consumers and stakeholders.
In November 2013, the Australian Government commissioned a review of the Personally Controlled eHealth Record (PCEHR) (the Review) to assess the status of the PCEHR implementation and to work with health professionals and industry to prioritise further implementation.  The Review, released on 19 May 2014, can be found at
The 2015-16 Budget announcement My Health Record - A New Direction for Electronic Health Records in Australia provides funding to strengthen eHealth governance arrangements consistent with the Review.  This will involve the transition of relevant activities and resources from the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA), and also from the My Health Record system operation activities currently managed by the Department of Health (the Department), to the new entity called the Australian Digital Health Agency (the Agency) from 1 July 2016. The Agency will assume governance responsibilities for all national digital health strategy, design, development, delivery and operations and functions from this date, while the Department will retain responsibility for national digital health policy, as well as some parallel tasks including the operation and evaluation of the participation trials.
The Agency has been established as a statutory authority in the form of a corporate Commonwealth entity.  The Agency will be governed by a skills-based Board supported by technical advisory committees, and will report to Health Ministers through the COAG Health Council.
The Agency will have the authority to develop, set and deliver on the National Digital Health Strategy for Australia setting the direction for the digital health eco-system enabling all parties, both public and private, to innovate and deliver complementary products and services to leverage the national digital health infrastructure and deliver the digital health outcomes. Based on collaboration and engagement with key stakeholders, the Agency will provide secure storage and appropriate access to standards based health information in accordance with individuals consent in order to improve health outcomes for all Australians.

Agency Vision

Delivering a national Digital Health System to improve the health outcomes of all Australians.

  • Full engagement, participation, equity and empowerment of consumers, and
  • Open collaboration available to all health professionals, making
  • Person centred coordinated care decisions based on sharing data; using
  • Practical and secure information technologies; underpinned by
  • Government Policies and regulations;
  • Transparency, through public reporting; and
  • Respect for the individual and their privacy.
Outlined below are further details regarding the five Executive General Manager roles and a full position description is available to download for each role.
When you move to the application process, you will have the opportunity to apply for each individual roles. A separate application must be submitted for each role that you wish to apply for.

Executive General Manager, Innovation and Development

  • As design authority for the national digital health system: lead and direct the development of the national digital strategy and work programme.
  • Innovation, design and technical aspects of the digital health programme.
  • Download Position Description

Executive General Manager, Government and Industry Collaboration and Adoption

  • Leading and directing the Industry, Government and Jurisdictional engagement, communication and adoption.
  • Design input to the national digital health systems and drive usability and adoption by these sectors.
  • Download Position Description

Executive General Manager, Clinical and Consumer Engagement and Clinical Governance (Chief Clinical Information Officer)

  • Responsible for leading and directing clinical governance and safety.
  • Clinical and consumer engagement, communication and adoption.
  • Design input to the national digital health systems.
  • Drive usability, as well as clinical outcomes.
  • Download Position Description

Executive General Manager, Organisational Capability and Change Management

  • Leading and directing the Agency's organisational change management and communication activities.
  • Oversee capability development and corporate support functions.
  • Download Position Description

Executive General Manager, Core Services Systems Operations

  • Lead and manage the core national digital health systems.
  • Provide technical support for the services provided by the Agency.
  • Download Position Description
Here is the link:
A few comments on all this.
1 The CEO position closed at the end of January and to date we have had no word on the appointment.
Here is the link to the advertisement:
Would be good to know who you will be working for before applying!
2. The position descriptions are well worth having a browse of - as for at least some of the headings it is a bit difficult to see the link between the heading and the requirements.
3. The most important part of all this is the Agency Vision. If they come even close to meeting that the ADHA might actually make a positive difference.
It certainly has a different tone to the NEHTA Vision:

Our Vision:

Enhance healthcare by enabling access to the right information, for the right person, at the right time and place. We work collaboratively with consumers, healthcare providers, the healthcare industry, the information and communications technology industry, policy makers and funders towards a safe, secure and efficient health system that will deliver better health outcomes for all Australians.
Here is the link:
Of course NEHTA didn’t quite manage their second sentence all that well. We can only hope ADHA will be different.

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