What is eHealth
eHealth is the utilisation of information management technology to deliver health care and share information with other health care providers. NT ACCHSs have led Australia with eHealth having used electronic Clinical Information Systems (CIS) for the last ten years and reporting to on the NT Aboriginal Health Key Performance Indicators since 2009.
AMSANTs eHealth team’s goal is to work with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services to ensure that they have functioning electronic Clinical Information Systems (CIS) that allows for accurate recording of their Aboriginal patients health service consultations. That this health information can be easily extracted into reports that the health services can analyse for targeting, planning, monitoring, evaluating and improving of health service programs. That these CISs can integrate with other eHealth Systems managed by NT and Commonwealth Department of Health, private vendors and NGOs to allow for secure sharing of patient information where the patient has consented, so that there can be continuity of patient care to best practice standards, and ultimately improved patient outcomes.
Leaders in eHealth
An important area of innovation by AMSANT and its members is in relation to Digital Health. Faced with the challenges of remote and often highly mobile clients and staff, they have utilised eHealth systems that enable the coordinated treatment of patients, as well as real-time access to patient records in home settings, including in remote locations such as homelands and outstations. No longer is remoteness a barrier to providing quality care. Examples of these systems are the electronic Clinical Information Systems to record patient consultations, the My Health Record, Telehealth, electronic downloading of Pathology and Diagnostic Imaging results, electronic claiming of Medicare and electronic delivery of hospital Discharge Summaries.
The ACCHS sector in the NT are recognised as leaders in the efficient and intelligent use of digital health systems.
The Australian Government is consulting with the public about how data in the My Health Record system may be used in future. This is your chance to have your say. Attend a workshop or webinar or provide written feedback.
Head to the AMSANT Communicare eHealth Forum 2017 page and download the 2017 Communicare eHealth registration form.
HealthConsult has been engaged to assist the Australian Government in developing a framework for the secondary use of data in the My Health Record system for research, policy, planning, system use, quality improvement, and evaluation activities. Read more here.
Thursday 16th November, 0900-1200. Free for all NT iStat program participants.
The annual AMSANT Communicare & eHealth forum will be held on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th (morning only) in Darwin. Watch this space for news.
The Australian Digital Health Agency has consulted with hundreds of consumers and clinicians to co-design solutions to deliver measurable improvements for all those who interact with the system.
The My Health Record system has a new medicines information view and some health services starting to use the capability to upload patient pathology and diagnostic imaging reports to the My Health Record system.