Sunday, February 05, 2017
What Should We Hope To See In The Initial Draft Of The New Digital Health Strategy From The ADHA?
As most will be aware the official consultation period for the new ADHA Strategy closed few days ago.
The 'Your health. Your say.' consultation period closed on Tuesday 31 January 2017, 5PM AEDT. Thank you to the individuals and organisations who contributed to the future of digital health by responding to the survey, sending us a submission, or attending one of the national conversation events.
The Agency is currently reviewing all feedback. Stay tuned for further updates on the findings of the national conversation and the development of the National Digital Health Strategy, which will be available here on the conversation website. Subscribe here to stay updated.
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Having watched the recent webinar Tim Kelsey made it clear that work was now beginning on drafting the actual plan for COAG’s (Council of Australian Governments) Health Committee.
In discussions with the ADHA I have been told that before the plan was submitted to COAG it was likely there would be a discussion draft released that would permit thorough discussion and review by the rest of us.
With that in mind what would I be hoping to see? Here is my short list.
1. A clear definition of the scope and intended duration of the plan. Additionally discussion of just where the Strategy fits with current and planned Health Policy is critical.
2. An outline of just what the objectives of the plan are and the timeframe over which they are expected to be delivered.
3. A credible assessment of just where we are up to with Digital Health in Australia right now, as well as a needs analysis for optimal health system performance.
4. A thorough review of what has worked and what has not, both here and around the world, and what have been the factors that have led to both success and failure – as well as a realistic capability assessment of the Australian Digital Health Community.
5. A thoughtful analysis of just where the ADHA should fit in the Digital Health ecosystem and what its role should be going forward.
6. An full assessment of available options for moving forward especially in the areas such as overall national digital architectures, Standards, technology, information management, skills etc.
7. A clear sub-strategy for the involvement of the private technology sector and a similar sub-strategy that addresses interactions between the jurisdictions, clinicians and consumers.
8. A pragmatic list of projects that the ADHA might initiate and foster, what the approximate anticipated costs and benefits are and a discussion of why the ADHA is the correct entity to undertake such a project.
9. A focussed review of the myHR program with a realistic assessment of what has been achieved to date, what evaluations have been done and what they have shown. Additionally we need a realistic costed plan for what should (if anything) be done with the program, what benefits can realistically be expected and what costs are likely to be incurred.
I am sure there is a lot more that others might want to mention – and I would love to see them as comments.
Posted by Dr David More MB PhD FACHI at Sunday, February 05, 2017