Engagement, workshops and framework development

In July 2016, the Australian Digital Health Agency commenced operations, transitioning from the former National eHealth Transition Authority (NEHTA).

In preparation for the transition, OTM joined a team of eHealth and strategy specialists from Cogility to develop a framework for the future National Clinical Informatics Modelling Service.

Working with eHealth and strategy specialists from Cogility, OTM took a lead role in stakeholder engagement across the client organisation to understand the current state and gather the insights necessary for development of a future service recommendation.

More: The Australian Digital Health Agency is a statutory authority in the form of a corporate Commonwealth entity, the Agency reports to State and Territory Health Ministers through the COAG Health Council.

The Agency leads and provides direction in developing digital health, bringing the Australian health system into the digital century. It is responsible for the national digital health strategy including the design, development, delivery and national operations, while the Commonwealth Department of Health is responsible for national digital health policy.

Vision: Set the direction for the Australian 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 digital health outcomes.

Through collaboration and engagement with key stakeholders, 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.

Background: The 2015-16 Federal Budget announcement My Health Record – A New Direction for Electronic Health Records in Australia provided funding to strengthen eHealth governance arrangements consistent with the Review. This included the transition of relevant activities and resources from the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA), and also from the national My Health Record system operation activities managed by the Department of Health, to a new entity called the Australian Digital Health Agency.