Better connections: Your health, your say

Currently, most digital health systems are unable to talk to each other. Information collected about a patient – for example in a hospital or a GP practice – often can’t be made available to others involved in a patient’s care.

The Interoperability Program seeks to connect patient information from multiple systems and sources to enhance clinical outcomes, improve healthcare delivery and improve patient experiences within the health system.

For example, 20 per cent of Australians have a confirmed allergy. Hospital admissions for anaphylaxis have increased five-fold over the past 20 years, and drug allergy induced anaphylaxis deaths have increased by 300 per cent. In clinical situations where a patient is deteriorating and requires immediate intervention, knowing whether a drug may cause life‐threatening anaphylaxis is vital.

The Better connections: Your health, your say conversation aims to capture the expectations and priorities of a better-connected healthcare system. The outcome of these consultations will be a set of national standards that will provide a roadmap to industry partners and government for the future development and implementation of digital health technologies and system connectivity.

Complete the survey to have your say on what you want, need and expect from a modern, interconnected healthcare system that is focused on improving the health and wellbeing for all.

Survey link: https://conversation.digitalhealth.gov.au/better-connections

This feedback will help to identify new ways to deliver more effective and efficient health and care and guide the development of the National Health Interoperability Roadmap.

Video: https://youtu.be/wlWLrVI8Bo8

If you would like more information, have any questions, or need assistance completing the survey, please email yoursay@digitalhealth.gov.au, or call the Agency Help Centre on 1300 901 001.