- The Australian Digital Health Agency commenced operations on 1 July 2016.
- The Agency is tasked with improving health outcomes for all Australians through the delivery of digital healthcare systems and the National Digital Health Strategy.
- The Agency’s focus is on putting data and technology safely to work for patients, consumers and the healthcare professionals who look after them. More than 3,000 people participated in the consultation on the National Digital Health Strategy between October 2016 and January 2017. Public meetings were held in more than 103 locations across Australia. More than 1,000 formal submissions and survey responses were received. These submissions are published at https://conversation.digitalhealth.gov.au.
- Australian consumers, carers, healthcare providers, and other health stakeholders informed the consultation.
- Health consumers and carers expressed a strong desire to be increasingly empowered – to take control of decisions regarding their own health, and to be provided with access to their own personal health information.
- The National Children’s Digital Health Collaborative is a good example of the Agency addressing health consumer’s needs with practical solutions.
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