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February 2018
"Consultation, collaboration and co-production" is a bit of a mantra here at the Australian Digital Health Agency. Implementing Australia's National Digital Health Strategy is not so much something that we do as something that we facilitate, in collaboration with stakeholders across Australia.

A preliminary part of any collaboration is of course to talk freely and exchange viewpoints and ideas. Dr Steve Hambleton and Agency CEO Tim Kelsey met with a number of stakeholder groups in
Western Australia earlier this month, and we also report on recent conversations with the RACGP's Dr Nathan Pinskier, and Prince of Wales's Dr Andrew Hugman in this issue.

This national collaboration is, in turn, part of a larger global collaboration. Countries around the world are implementing their own digital health schemes, each one in accordance with that country's specific environment. Amidst all this diversity, similar challenges and solutions emerge, which others can learn from. With this international perspective in mind, Australia has recently hosted the inaugural
Global Digital Health Partnership Summit in Canberra and the International Digital Health Symposium in Sydney, both of which were groundbreaking forums for international experts to gather, collaborate and learn from each other, before returning to their home countries and enriching their local projects with an enhanced understanding.

The ultimate goal of these national and international collaborations is, of course, to improve the wellbeing of Australians through digital technologies. Our residents in coastal cities already enjoy an enviable standard of healthcare, but it is difficult to give people living in rural and remote areas a similar standard of care. This month's video describes some of the ways that digital innovations will help to improve healthcare for all Australians, no matter where they live.
New Global Digital Health Partnership

The inauguration of a common platform for international digital health experts to share knowledge and experiences.
International Digital Health Symposium brings leaders together

International digital health leaders gather in Sydney to learn from different global approaches to digital innovation.
"My Health Record will definitely help ... there is no question."

Dr Michael Crampton was involved in the Nepean and Blue Mountains opt-out trial of My Health Record and has followed its evolution over the past few years.
On the road, in the air – talking about My Health Record in Western Australia

Agency CEO Tim Kelsey’s reflections on his recent stakeholder meetings in Western Australia.
Making timely and safe clinical decisions

Hospital pharmacist Leonie Abbott explains why having My Health Record accessible ‘24/7’ is a huge benefit to the system. 
Senior Australians to benefit from more connected care

Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt has called on Australians to embrace the rollout of the My Health Record.
"Pharmacists have worked in the dark for way too long"

Associate Professor Mark Naunton says that pharmacists have worked in the dark for too long, and looks forward to them having secure access to patient health information.
The importance of interoperability: a conversation with Dr Nathan Pinskier

Dr Nathan Pinskier discusses how interoperability across the sector will benefit greatly from the adoption of secure electronic messaging.
When every second counts: Q&A with Dr Andrew Hugman

Accurate and timely information is vital in medicine, and never more so than in emergency departments.
GPs and software vendors enter new dialogue for better health systems

Creating a platform for innovation to meet increased expectations and improve patient care.
Sydney North PHN facilitates a smooth transition to My Health Record 

Find out why Berowra pharmacist Carrie Leung thinks My Health Record is a fantastic asset.
Getting the care you deserve, no matter where you live

Digital health technologies are now bringing a new generation of innovations to the outback.
PHNs build My Health Record expansion readiness

My Health Record Training and Strategic Engagement event lays the foundations for communications and provider readiness.
What are the prospects for artificial intelligence in healthcare?

New report moves beyond the hype and speculation.
Demand for mobile access continues to grow

Consumers demand access to health records anywhere and anytime.
Apple’s new Health app heats up the digital health market 

What does this mean for Australian developers, providers and consumers? 
Join our clinical terminologies webinars

Agency webinars introduce SNOMED CT-AU and the Australian Medicines Terminology to healthcare providers and digital health developers.