An exploration of clinical transformation in technology as it relates to the Australian health care system
The recent implementation of My Health Record by the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA), though well intentioned, has been met with a mixed reception. Whilst there is general in-principle support for a national electronic health record system, it seems that the issue is in its implementation. This article considers the case for change, current challenges and a new change management approach.
The Case for Change
When implemented effectively, health technology innovations can drive us closer towards achieving the Quadruple Aim – improving population health, patient experience, and clinician/care team experience while reducing costs.
I. Enhanced Health Care Delivery
Adopting digital technologies may enhance the delivery of health care and facilitate the clinician-consumer relationship. Information technology enables informational continuity, and provides a clear signal to patients that “someone knows who I am”. According to AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone:
“…access to [patients’] summary of the repository of their information [through My…
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