NSW launches 10-year eHealth strategy

Strategy builds on 2013’s Blueprint for eHealth in NSW

The New South Wales government has unveiled a strategy designed to map out the future of eHealth in the state from 2016 through to 2026.

The state’s health minister, Jillian Skinner, launched the strategy at a Cebit eHealth conference in Sydney.

"eHealth systems can help to foster access to information, personal healthcare management and targeted prevention to encourage participation in health decisions,” Skinner said in remarks prepared for the conference.

The strategy (PDF) has seven key focus areas: Core clinical systems (including the development of ‘paper-lite’ information systems); integrated care solutions (including support for remote monitoring of patients and telehealth); workforce and business management systems; data and analytics; ‘seamless’ information flow between core systems; infrastructure, security and intelligence; and innovation.

"It’s a ten-year program of innovation, investment and implementation which identifies key short, medium and long term goals for eHealth NSW,” Skinner said.

“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 of the strategy will be supported by eHealth NSW which was established in 2014 to oversee state-wide eHealth strategy and planning to set policy and standards and to lead implementation and operations,” the minister said.

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