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Dr Angus Ritchie FAIDH, Concord Repatriation General Hospital

Australia’s digital health movement is supported by evidence, research and the documented outcomes of public consultation. The Institute publishes white papers, reviews, surveys and reports of use to its Fellows, Members and the wider community.

This library is steadily growing, providing a valuable professional development resource for those working in health informatics in Australia.

Publications

Workforce insights

AIDH AI Workforce Insights
April 2024

We’re pleased to announce the publication of AIDH Workforce AI Insights Paper 2024.

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AIDH continues to contribute to building a digitally empowered health #workforce with the release of its paper Australian AI Workforce Insights. The paper shares ideas and opinions from sector leaders on how Australia can move forward embracing #AI in #healthcare safely and effectively.

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Workforce insights

Workforce Insights
December 2023

We’re pleased to announce the publication of the Australian Digital Health Workforce Insights Paper 2023.

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Throughout 2023, the Australian Institute of Digital Health (AIDH) has actively collaborated with health services, education providers, professional colleges and associations, industry, and key stakeholders to build digital health capability and define career pathways for the healthcare sector.

This has been a significant initiative aimed at improving the digital skills of the health workforce, which aligns with the Global Digital Health Strategy 2020-2025 and the Australian national digital health strategy.

The paper has been informed by key insights gathered from collaborative efforts, initiatives and the Medinfo23 conference, emphasising the importance of digital skills for a sustainable health system. You can explore the insights and findings of this paper here.

We would like to thank VMware by Broadcom for their support with this publication.

VMware

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Board Chair Report to 2023 AGM

Board Chair Report to 2023 AGM
November 2023

The AIDH AGM was held on Tuesday 24 October 2023.

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The Board is working with the executive team to deliver robust foundations for the AIDH’s governance and programs that are scalable and sustainable.

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Media Statement: Institute submission to Commonwealth consultation on Centre for Disease Control

Institute submission to Commonwealth consultation on Centre for Disease Control
January 2023

Principles and Priorities for an Australian Centre for Disease Control

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In a public submission to the Commonwealth Department of Health we highlight that data and the digital enablement of health and public health will be critical to the success of an Australian Centre for Disease Control.

Public health informatics has called for many years for a central, co-ordinated response to pandemics and other significant outbreaks of disease.

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AIDH & InGeNA 2022 Federal Election Statement

AIDH & InGeNA 2022 Federal Election Statement
May 2022

Genomics and precision medicine in Australia: Priorities for an incoming government

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In its 2022 election statement, Genomics and precision medicine in Australia: Priorities for an incoming government, InGeNA says the incoming government has the opportunity to build on Australia’s growing genomics expertise and enable consumers to benefit from the new age of precision health.

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AIDH 2022 Federal Election Statement

AIDH 2022 Federal Election Statement
May 2022

Shifting the dial on Australia’s transition to a digital health future

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The Australasian Institute of Digital Health 2022 Federal Election Statement outlines the digital health sector’s priorities for the Australian healthcare system.

The Institute is strongly urging all political parties and candidates in the upcoming federal election to commit to supporting investment in the digital enablement of healthcare, and in the capability required for our health system to be responsive in an increasingly interdependent health and aged care landscape.

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The Australian Health Informatics Competency Framework

Australian Health Informatics Competency Framework
February 2022

For health informaticians (2nd Edition)

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The Australian Health Informatics Competency Framework plays a key role in raising the profile of health informaticians, contributing to a wider recognition of the profession, and defining more clearly the body of knowledge underpinning this discipline. It can be used as a basis for recruiting, identifying knowledge gaps, defining professional development and career pathways, and designing educational and training activities. It can assist in aligning organisations’ aspirations with their capabilities.

It outlines the competencies required to support organisations and professionals in their digital health skills and career development.

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InGeNA strategic plan

InGeNA strategic plan
27 May 2021

Realising the full potential of genomics to personalise healthcare

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InGeNA is an alliance between a broad group of industry organisations, formed to bring a shared perspective on critically important areas underpinning the future of genomics and the promise of precision health.

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AIDH strategic plan

AIDH strategic plan
25 April 2021

A vision for healthier lives, digitally enabled.

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The promise of a future patient-centred healthcare system transformed through digital information and technologies sustains the Fellows and Members of the Institute with a vision for healthier lives, digitally enabled.

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COVID SAFE APP

Our COVID tracer app principles
5 May 2020

“Do no harm” in implementing technology.

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The Australasian Institute of Digital Health (AIDH) and the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) have lent their support to the Australian Government’s contact tracing app to aid national efforts to manage and suppress COVID-19.

However, the peak bodies for public healthcare and hospitals, and technology and information professionals, are urging the Government to “do no harm” in implementing the technology. AIDH and AHHA have developed 10 principles for the Australian Government to use in its enabling
legislation..

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White paper
24 February 2020

What is digital health and why does it matter?

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What is digital health and why does it matter? By David Rowlands

Digital Health Workforce Academy and the Australasian Institute of Digital Health

Health organisations all over the world are developing and implementing digital health strategies, and companies from start-ups to long-established players are spruiking digital health. But are we all talking about the same thing? This paper presents the view that digital health is in fact something quite new – an evolutionary step in the 70-year journey of the use of information and communications technology (ICT) in the health sector, but a step that transcends technology.

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Allied health
July 2019

Allied health professionals have untapped potential:

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Allied health professionals have untapped potential: Australia’s highly skilled allied health workforce has been called to action to adopt a coordinated approach to digital health and inspire the next wave of innovative, disruptive solutions that address immediate healthcare challenges. The Allied Health Informatics Position Paper was developed following public consultation across the allied health sector.

Allied health position statement (PDF)

Leadership in Clinical Informatics
July 2018

A HISA White Paper

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HISA’s Clinical Informatics Community of Practice (CoP) believes leadership in clinical informatics is imperative if we are to get the future of healthcare right in a world where digital is ubiquitous. Leadership skills in clinical informatics must be developed if we are to ensure technology brings value to healthcare delivery and patient experience. This leadership capability needs to be acknowledged by organisations embarking on their digital transformation and, by professional colleges who hold their registered health care professionals accountable for their conduct and practice.

HIC 2018
30 July 2018

The future of healthcare is digital.

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Australia’s growing digital health community gathers every year for the annual health informatics conference HIC. Explore e-health, digital health and health informatics trends and topics for clinicians, technologists, healthcare professionals and digital health leaders in this handbook produced during the 25th annual conference HIC 2018 held in Sydney 29 July – 1 August.

Free download (PDF)

OR download interactive multibook(iPhone, iPad, iMac)

Security Check
8 April 2018

HISA’s cybersecurity community of practice survey report

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The results of HISA’s 2017 cybersecurity survey have been discussed over some months at branch meetings and webinars and now the published version has been made available online. There were 157 responses to the survey from a cross-section of organisations. It was conducted across four broad domains to assess awareness and maturity across the healthcare ecosystem:

  • Leadership
  • Culture/Staff responsibility and awareness
  • Policies and procedures
  • General cybersecurity knowledge

Nursing Informatics
6 August 2017

NURSING INFORMATICS JOINT POSITION PAPER

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This position statement has been developed to recognise the pivotal role of nurses in the widespread implementation and adoption of digital health technologies throughout the healthcare sector for the primary purpose of improving safety and quality of patient care. The successful planning, implementation, management and sustainability of such technologies cannot be achieved without the unique contribution of nurses.

Health Informatics Competency Framework
December 2013

For CHIA (1st Edition)

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Note this framework has been replaced by the Australian Health Informatics Competency Framework: 2nd Edition

The CHIA Health Informatics Competencies Framework provides the context in which the questions for the exam have been developed. The competencies set the minimum requirements in terms of skills, knowledge, understandings and capabilities that will enable a candidate to perform in a professional environment. The competencies serve to define what health informatics professionals know and do. This framework can also be used as a set of guidelines for recruiting purposes, definitions of career pathways, or the design of educational and training activities. The development of this competency framework is expected to play a key role in raising the profile of health informaticians, contributing to a wider recognition of the profession, and defining more clearly the body of knowledge underpinning this discipline.

Position Statements

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