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Government agency opens consultation on future of digital health

Health professionals and consumers interested in letting policy makers know their opinions on the My Health Record system, telehealth, innovation and other aspects of digital health now have new avenues to do so.

The Australian Digital Health Agency launched a national consultation with the general public, clinicians, healthcare providers and researchers to help flesh out the current state of digital health and how it will look in the future.

The national consultation will be informed by a series of community-based forums and meetings with healthcare stakeholders, as well as an online survey.

The consultation’s findings will be used to develop a national digital health strategy for delivery to Government in 2017.

Dr Monica Trujillo, the Digital Health Agency’s executive general manager for clinical and consumer engagement, said: “We want to work with all areas of the community — including patients and the public, carers, healthcare providers, scientists and researchers, entrepreneurs and technology innovators — to ensure that what we do is always shaped around their needs, wants and aspirations.”

Aged Care Insite sat down with Trujillo to discuss the national consultation and the type of information the Agency is hoping to gather.

Individuals and groups can attend the face-to-face events, send in their submissions or participate in the survey by clicking here. The survey and submissions close on Tuesday 31 January 2017 at 5pm AEDST.

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