Digital Health

Digital health technologies are transforming the medical world.

Practice Assist can provide advice and assistance to general practices seeking to embrace digital technologies in the delivery of primary health care. Scroll down for more information on the following topics:
  • Data in general practice
  • Telehealth and video-conferencing
  • My Health Record
Contact the Practice Assist Help Desk for further information or visit the Resource Library to download a range of Digital Health resources. 

Data in General Practice

General practices and general practitioners that analyse and act on their patient data can have a greater insight into the needs of their patients, and are better positioned to provide the care that patients need, when they need it. Accurate patient data can highlight the most prevalent conditions, medications or social groups, and can help determine what conditions need to be prioritised.

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) mandates the use of patient data for quality improvement as part of its Standards for General Practices, 5th edition.

Telehealth and Video-Conferencing

Telehealth refers to the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to deliver health services and transmit health information over both long and short distances. It is about transmitting voice, data, images and information rather than moving care recipients, health professionals or educators’ (International Organisation for Standardisation)’.

Any aspect of the health service continuum, including diagnosis, treatment, education and curative services, can be provided via telehealth.

Video-conferencing refers to the transmission of real-time (live) audio-visual data via the internet. It is the medium most progressed for the provision of telehealth, and in particular for outpatient services, tele-psychiatry and patient and health professional education. As such, the term telehealth is often used interchangeably with video-conferencing or video-consultations.

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My Health Record

My Health Record is a national platform for the sharing of patient health information that can be accessed anywhere and at anytime. By the end of 2018 every Australian will have a My Health Record, unless they actively choose not to have one.

Having a My Health Record means your important health information like allergies, current conditions and treatments, medicine details, pathology reports or diagnostic imaging scan reports can be digitally stored in one place. Healthcare providers like doctors, specialists and hospital staff can see these details online from anywhere at any time when they need to, such as in an accident or emergency.

Use of My Health Record will be an integral part of the emerging digital health framework in Australia. 

Providers can view and contribute information to patient records using a compliant software package or clinical information system, or obtain view-only access via the Provider Portal. 

For more information on My Health Record, visit the Australian Digital Health Agency (the Agency)

Digital health resources for Healthcare Provider Organisations

For a range of resources designed for health professionals and software developers, please visit Digital health training resources

Education and workshops

  • For a range of upcoming workshops and events designed for health professionals and their general practice teams, please visit our workshops page HERE
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