Tuesday, 03 May 2016 14:23

NSW Government announces 10-year eHealth strategy at CeBIT


The NSW Government will finish the rollout of e-health records within four years and complete connections of its health facilities to the Health wide area network within three years.

These are just some highlights of its eHealth strategy announced by The Hon. Jillian Skinner MP, Minister for Health, NSW Government at CeBIT Australia today. If you are interested the 40-page document is a good read and outlines a huge range of initiatives.

The Minister promised a “Digitally enabled and integrated health system with a focus on delivering patient-centred health experiences with quality health outcomes; giving attendees an insight into the journey the NSW Government has taken as it builds on its existing blueprint and outlines the direction for NSW investment over the next decade.”

"We continue to build a secure state-wide broadband network – the NBN of health – which currently connects 150 health centres and hospitals across NSW, including those in rural and remote locations. This enables our clinical and health systems to be used in hospitals across the state and in ambulatory care,” she said.

"It [the strategy] is a ten-year program of innovation, investment and implementation which identifies key short, medium and long term goals for eHealth NSW. It’s a policy that outlines the direction that we will take using the latest advances in technology policy and also including integrated care and ongoing enhancements to performance, quality and safety in our health system.”

The implementation will be supported by eHealth NSW established in 2014 to oversee state-wide eHealth strategy and planning to set policy and standards and to lead implementation and operations.

Minister Skinner spoke as the opening ministerial keynote of the eHealth conference, one of ten dedicated conferences at CeBIT Australia. Other speakers at the eHealth conference included Dr Jill Freyne, Principal Research Scientist, Health and Biosecurity, CSIRO; Professor David Gillatt, Senior Robotic Surgeon and Chief Medical Officer, Macquarie University Hospital and Gilbert Verdian, Chief Information Security Officer, e-Health, NSW Government.

CeBIT Australia continues at Sydney Olympic Park until 5pm Wednesday 2016. Register to attend here.


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